Coroner Seeking Whitney Houston’s Medical, Pharmacy Records

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A Los Angeles County official says his office has issued subpoenas for medical and pharmacy records from Whitney Houston’s doctors and medical providers.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says the request is standard procedure in virtually all death investigations because it can shed additional light on how people died and whether they had any serious medical conditions.

Officials have confirmed that several bottles of prescription medication in the hotel room where Houston died Saturday, although Winter has said they weren’t an unusually large number. Investigators have declined to disclose which medications were seized and are awaiting toxicology results that will take several weeks before determining what killed Houston.

She was found unconscious and unresponsive in the bathroom of her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday afternoon.

There are reports that Houston was pulled from the tub by her aunt, Mary Jones, but the results of an autopsy completed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office are sealed.

Toxicology reports are due within the next seven weeks.

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