Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston found underwater, autopsy, Xanax, and partied heavily, TMZ reports (videos, photos)

On February 11, 2012, the body of award winning music artist Whitney Houston was found in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. An autopsy is currently underway, but the celebrity site TMZ has their team working the story and have reported several incidents, not yet reported by other media networks. Please understand that at this time, these reports are solely from TMZ and have not been verified by other sources. This does not mean that TMZ’s reports are inaccurate, just they have not yet been verified by outside sources. According to TMZ’s reports, Whitney Houston’s body was found underwater, the prescription drug Xanax was found in her Beverly Hills Hilton hotel room, and the singer had “partied heavily” the day before.

TMZ posted several photos from inside the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel that appear to show medical and fire rescue workers wheeling a body, covered with a white sheet, presumably Whitney Houston’s body out of a hotel room. TMZ also captured video footage of the Beverly Hills Fire Department paramedics as they drove away with Whitney Houston’s body. They have made their video footage embeddable. You may see it below.

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In another report by TMZ, they stated that Whitney Houston’s only daughter, Bobbi Kristina (father is Bobbi Brown) along with Whitney Houston’s cousin, Dionne Warwick, tried to enter the hotel room where Whitney’s body lay, but was prevented by authorities. It is against protocol for authorities to allow family members or those unconnected with a case into an active investigation. TMZ reports that Bobbi Kristina became so distraught she became hysterical and demanded to see her mother. The grief currently experienced by the Houston family is understandably overwhelming.

TMZ also snapped video footage of Whitney’s ex-husband, Bobbi Brown, as he tried to perform live in Mississippi with New Edition after hearing the news of Whitney’s death. You may see the video where Bobby Brown says, “I don’t know what to say. I love you Whitney,” while performing in the video player below.

Though an official autopsy report will ultimately reveal Whitney Houston’s cause of death, there is growing speculation across the Internet that it is somehow related to drug and alcohol abuse.

TMZ reports hotel staff saying they witnessed Whitney Houston drinking and partying heavily. The report states that even though there was plenty of pre Grammy hubbub about, Whitney and entourage stood out due to their boisterous activities. This report has not been confirmed by outside sources and is not an indication that Whitney Houston’s death is related to drugs and alcohol. The autopsy will ultimately reveal the cause of death. However, it is uncommon for women at 48-years-old to suddenly die, or slip into unconsciousness that leads to death. TMZ has theorized, however, that due to their sources stating Whitney Houston had been prescribed Xanax, that the possibility of combining alcohol and Xanax could cause a situation in which one may lose consciousness, or possibly fall asleep in a bathtub.

The most shocking account by TMZ is that of how Whitney Houston was found underwater. Again, this account was told to TMZ firsthand by unnamed sources and at this time, has not been confirmed by officials working the case. According to TMZ, Whitney Houston’s hairdress, personal stylist, and two of her personal bodyguards were in the hotel room at the time of Whitney Houston’s death. The report states that Whitney had been in the bathroom more than an hour and her entourage grew concerned as Whitney was to attend Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party. When knocking on the door proved unsuccessful, a female hairdresser entered the bathroom and discovered Whitney with her face underwater and legs up as if she had slipped underwater and drowned. TMZ continues to say that he hairdress screamed, prompting one of the bodyguards to rush in and perform CPR. It was then that a call to hotel security was placed and soon hotel security, paramedics with the fire department, and soon the Beverly Hills Police Department were at the scene.

In breaking news posted on February 12, 2012, TMZ announced that Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.  The report has not been confirmed by outside sources and any information regarding a health issue with Bobbi Kristina is currently unknown. TMZ will continue to follow the story.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air on CBS, February 12, 2012 at 8:00 pm and Jennifer Hudson will perform a musical tribute to Whitney Houston.

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The Associated Press spoke with several of Whitney Houston’s friends and admirers. Hear their reactions to the shocking news that Whitney Houston died at 48-years-old.

Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina at Prince concert

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