Compiled by Hauwa Gambo
As fans and the media scramble to get a storyline behind the sad passing of one of the world’s true music greats, American entertainment and lifestyle blog TMZ.com has pieced together some details…
Whitney Houston was found in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel yesterday … with her face underwater … people close to Whitney tell TMZ.According to our sources, her stylist, hairdresser and two bodyguards were among the people in the room at the time. We’re told they became worried about Whitney because she had been in the bathroom for over an hour and it was time to start getting ready for the Clive Davis party. Our sources say they began to knock on the door and there was no answer. We’re told the hairdresser, who is female, went in to check on Whitney. She immediately screamed and, according to our sources, one of the bodyguards came running in and pulled her out of the tub. We’re told Whitney’s face was below the water and her legs were up … like she had slid down the back of the tub. According to our sources, her body was very cold and the bodyguard attempted CPR. That’s when hotel security was called. Paramedics arrived shortly thereafter, but Whitney was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM.
Whitney Houston was taking Xanax … evidence she may have fallen asleep in the bathtub where she died … TMZ has learned.Family members of Whitney tell us the singer had a prescription for the drug, which is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression. We told you yesterday … the night before Whitney died, she had been drinking a lot. Xanax mixed with alcohol can cause severe sedation, which could cause someone to fall asleep in a bathtub.As TMZ first reported, Whitney was found in the bathtub and removed before EMTs arrived. The L.A. County Coroner will perform an autopsy — possibly today — to determine if Whitney died from drowning, and OD or other causes.As we previously reported, Beverly Hills cops obtained a search warrant and found various prescription bottles — but, as far as we know, no illicit drugs.
A daughter’s pain
Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina got into an angry shouting match with police officers outside the hotel room where her mother was found dead … TMZ has learned.According to law enforcement sources … Bobbi Kristina showed up on the 4th floor of the Beverly Hilton several hours after Whitney’s death. We’re told when officers informed her no one was allowed to see the body — BK screamed, cursed and demanded to see her mother.Ultimately, she was not allowed into the room and left. We’re told Whitney’s cousin Dionne Warwick also showed up later. She too was turned away by officers.As we reported earlier … other family members and friends — who were in the room when authorities arrived — identified Whitney’s body.