Houston under water when found in tub
Monday, February 13, 2012
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Whitney Houston was under water and apparently unconscious when she was found in a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, police said Monday, as the singer’s family prepared to send her body to her native New Jersey for a funeral.
The singer was found Saturday by a member of her personal staff at approximately 3:30 p.m. She was pulled from the tub by members of her staff, and hotel security was promptly notified, Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said.
Further details of Houston’s death are not being released to preserve the integrity of the investigation, he said.
“As of right now, it’s not a criminal investigation,” Rosen said. “We have concluded our portion of the investigation at the hotel.”
Rosen said it was a coroner’s case and police were awaiting the determination of the cause of death. The coroner’s office says toxicology testing is continuing.
There were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston’s body, but officials were not ruling out any causes of death until they have toxicology results, which will likely take weeks to obtain.
Houston struggled for years with addiction to cocaine, marijuana and pills.
However, Bishop T.D. Jakes, a Texas minister and producer on Houston’s final film project, a re-make of the 1970s release “Sparkle,” said he saw no signs she was having any substance issues.
He said Houston was a complete professional and moved the cast and crew to tears two months ago when she sang the gospel hymn “Her Eyes on the Sparrow” for a scene shot in Detroit.
Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said the body was released late Monday morning. He would not say where the body was taken but said that typically a family will work with a funeral home to make arrangements.
Two people who have spoken with Houston’s family said the singer’s body will be taken home to New Jersey late Monday for a funeral to be held at week’s end.