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Report: Whitney Houston's Cause of Death Not Drowning

More likely a lethal combination of prescription drugs, alcohol

February 13, 2012 12:35 PM ET

Whitney Houston performs at the American Music Awards.
Whitney Houston performs at the American Music Awards.
Kevin Winter/AMA2009/Getty Images for DCP

Contrary to suggestions made over the weekend that Whitney Houston may have drowned in the bathtub in her room at the Beverly Hilton, sources tell TMZ the singer died from a lethal combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. According to these reports, the 48-year-old singer was found partially submerged in the bathtub, but officials told Houston's family there was not enough water in her lungs to suggest drowning.

Paramedics attempted for 20 minutes to revive the singer before pronouncing her dead at 3:55 p.m. Saturday. An official coroner's report is not expected for some time. As of Monday morning, no funeral plans for Houston had been announced. 

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