February 15, 2012

Coroner Requests Whitney Houston's Drug Records


The Los Angeles coroner investigating Whitney Houston's death has requested all of her medical records to determine what drugs she was taking at the time of her passing.

The I Will Always Love You icon, who had a history of substance abuse, was found unconscious and underwater in a bathtub in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday.

An autopsy performed on Sunday proved inconclusive and the cause of death has been deferred pending toxicology results, although reports suggest alcohol and prescription pills could have played a part in her demise.

Now L.A. County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter has reached out to Houston's physicians in an effort to fully examine her medical history, a move which is considered standard practice in death investigations.

He says, "We've already contacted a number of doctors with requests for records. If somebody even dies in a crash, a blunt force trauma, we will still take medical issues into account. Anything helps."

Houston's remains were flown to her native New Jersey on Monday and she will be laid to rest in a private ceremony in Newark on Saturday.
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