Whitney Houston’s family can now claim her remains, but there’s no final word on the cause of her death just yet.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitney’s body has been cleared for release by the Los Angeles Counter Corner’s office. Officials conducted an autopsy yesterday, but they’re keeping quiet about what killed her until a toxicology report comes back.
"I know there are reports that she maybe was drowned, or did she overdose, but we won’t make a final determination until all the tests are in," L.A. County assistant chief coroner Ed Winter told reporters.
S2S found out that Whitney Houston passed away at 3:30 p.m. PST on Saturday, just hours ahead of Clive Davis’ annual Pre-Grammy. TMZ.com reports that Whitney’s aunt found her body in the bathtub of a fourth floor suite of the Beverly Hilton; the singer’s family was told that it’s not very likely that she drowned to death because there wasn’t enough water in her lungs for it to qualify as such.
It could take six to eight weeks for an official cause of death to be determined. TMZ, however, is linking the death to medication and alcohol. Reportedly, police found bottles of Xanax, Midol, ibuprofen and amoxicillin at the site of her death. It was noted that they didn’t contain many pills.
While authorities won’t officially state what killed Whitney just yet, they said that there didn’t seem to be any signs of foul play in her death. As officials wait for the results of a toxicology test, there’s word that Whitney’s body could be heading to Atlanta as soon as tomorrow.
It was shaping up to be a huge weekend for Whitney as she hit up several events leading up to the Grammys. Not the least of which included her appearance at Kelly Price’s Pre-Grammy party at Tru Hollywood, where she blessed the audience with an impromptu performance of "Yes Jesus Loves Me." It would be her last time on stage ever. Check it out below, starting at the 2:50 mark.