[Update a/o 3:30 p.m.] An autopsy has been conducted on Whitney Houston, but Beverly Hills police say that a hold has been placed on the findings.

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Just hours before Sunday’s Grammy Awards, the music industry and fans are mourning the loss of Whitney Houston.

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Houston’s body arrived at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office in Boyle Heights 11 hours after she was declared dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The pop superstar was pronounced dead 3:55 p.m. Saturday in her fourth-floor room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Kirk Hawkins, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, said paramedics performed CPR for 20 minutes prior to that after they were called by a member of Houston’s entourage.

Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her fourth floor hotel room.

Houston’s family says they talked to her earlier Saturday and didn’t believe anything was unusual.

But during a rehearsal last week, some witnesses said she was sweating profusely while others said she was doing handstands by the pool at the hotel.

Coroner’s officials say they can’t talk discuss what they saw in her room.

“It didn’t appear that there was foul play and that’s all I can say about it,” said Los Angeles County Asst. Chief Coroner Ed Winter.
Houston has been treated at least twice for her addictions.

In a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said she used cocaine for several years with her then-husband Bobbi Brown.

Toxicology tests will determine if legal or even illegal drugs played a role in her death. The results of those tests could take several weeks.

However, an autopsy is expected begin at some point Sunday.

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Comments (7)
  1. Georgina butler says:

    I am sending my condolence to witney houstons daughter. I am 34 but I lost my mum just before my 18th.

  2. Sakina says:

    Im so sorry in the loss of Whitney.she was the Best and will be miss .RIPWHITNEY.

  3. Average Gal says:

    Whitney Houston was set-up…let’s see, something is clearly not right with this story.

    Foul play is definitely involved here. Why has this case been closed so quickly and foul play ruled out without a full-scale investigation haven taken place at all? She did not OD on drugs. There are far too many unanswered questions.

    In this case, Whitney Houston’s naked 5 ft. 8 body was discovered in her bathroom in a bathtub filled with water, and in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

    She “seemingly” slid backwards into the tub filled with water? What are the dimensions of that bathtub that she was found in? It is not likely that a 5 fit. 8 woman (Whitney’s height) gets water in her lungs after taking a mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol, and sliding backwards into a tub of water.

    Someone needs to test her champagne bottle and her turkey sandwich to see if anything was put into it also. And, why did Ray J mysteriously disappear? There was an interview and a woman said that she her someone scream some words from Whitney’s hotel room hours or a day before. Was Whitney arguing with Ray J or someone else? Who had access to her hotel room?

    Let’s see, Whitney had a bodyguard, make up artist and hair stylist with her, right? How long had she known these people and what are their roles in all of this? Where was the bodyguard when Whitney was in her tub bathing, did anyone fingerprint the doorknob on the bathroom door? Playback the video cameras and see who was in that hotel room just prior to or after her death.

    Isn’t Ray’s sister, Brandy, the same one who murdered a woman years ago when she struck some woman with her car? Is her brother also a murderer? Why does Ray J seem so suspcious in all his recent interviews after Whitney’s death? Everyone knows the two were dating.

    Whitney was scheduled to appear at the Grammy’s shortly thereafter…there is way more to this story.

    Whitney Houston was choked and made to appear like she had drowned. There are hair ties on her bathroom floor of her hotel room. Did someone choke her with those hair ties or something else?

    The truth will come out.

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