Drug binge killed Whitney - officials

2012-02-14 22:30
Los Angeles - Whitney Houston was reportedly killed by a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol.

The 48-year-old singer was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday and while it was initially thought she had drowned, officials have now told her family she may have died before she became fully submerged in the water following a drink and drugs binge.

It is believed only a small amount of water was found in her lungs, which medics claim was not enough for her to have drowned.

Investigators are also working on the theory she suffered a heart attack caused by an adverse reaction to her medication.

Los Angeles police - who obtained a search warrant for the fourth-floor suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel - are said to have found six prescription pill bottles: Xanax, Lorazepam, Ibuprofen, Midol, Amoxicillin and Valium.

Doctors questioned

Now detectives investigating her tragic death will question up to nine doctors they believe could have supplied her with the lethal cocktail of prescription drugs.

They want to know how the mother of one - who had a history of drug and alcohol abuse - was able to get hold of such a vast quantity of substances.

A source said: "Investigators will speak to her doctors. Even though it appears to be prescription pills that may have killed her as opposed to illegal street drugs, the authorities need to be satisfied she had these drugs in her possession legally.

"They need to determine that no one is criminally negligent. There could still be charges in this case."

A postmortem on Whitney's body was carried out on Sunday but officials say they will not have any definite answers about the cause of death until drug tests are completed, which could take weeks.

The I Will Always Love You hitmaker's funeral is set to take place on Friday in Newark, New Jersey.


  • Sharon - 2012-02-15 04:17

    Don't blame the doctors, it is what it is.

      Jo - 2012-02-15 07:15

      I agree, don't blame the doctors. Drug addicts will go to any lengths to obtain their drug(s) of choice. Whitney was old enough to have known better.

      Christopher - 2012-02-15 12:50

      Exactly Sharon...she did it to herself just like Michael Jackson...If they want drugs they can find them anywhere. The authorities love putting the blame and sensationalising it. They would not do this to any druggie on the corner street over dosing.

  • Castle - 2012-02-15 09:01

    many more like her unfortunately.,Its just a matter of time Looking back we remember a few.Elvis.Jackson.Amy.Corbain. ETC ETC Besides doctors prescription drugs these people take Cocaine.heroin etc etc Its a combination that is killing them.what a sad life they have!!!

      renekamau - 2012-02-15 21:46

      i agree let us stop blaming the doctors they only try to save our lives not shortening it instead

  • Leigh - 2012-02-15 12:20

    Bull dust, Ibuprofen is no prescription drug.....anybody can buy it from any CVS pharmacy !!

  • Manhattan - 2012-02-15 14:57

    Why do celebrities only ever die from 'prescription drugs'?

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  • Zion - 2012-02-15 15:12

    I have to abide by my own sentiments but when it comes to overdosing on drugs in any form then there is just no sympathy from me to the deceased. Those that stay behind are the true victims and for them my heart goes out to. Condolences to the families concerned.

  • renekamau - 2012-02-15 21:42

    let her rest in peace

  • Michael - 2012-02-22 16:25

    like i have always said money booze and drugs dont mix well at 48 she should have already learnt her lesson !!!

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