February 13, 2012

Some meds found in Houston's room, coroner says (VIDEO)


(CBS/AP)  BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - A coroner's official says some prescription medicines were found in the hotel room where Whitney Houston died but not in large quantities.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said Monday that medications were found but declined to offer any specifics because police have requested that no details about the investigation be released.

Winter says there weren't a lot of prescription bottles.

Police declined to say earlier Monday whether any medications were recovered after Houston's death on Saturday. Beverly Hills police say the singer was found in a bath tub by a member of her staff around 3:30 p.m., just hours before she was scheduled to attend a pre-Grammy Awards gala.

  
Investigators routinely look at prescription medications when investigating unattended deaths.

Police have said there were no indications of foul play.

Authorities have said the most likely theories for Houston's death are that she died of a heart attack or a prescription drug overdose, but no official determination has been made, CBS News correspondent John Blackstone reports.


Meanwhile, Houston's body was set to be flown home to New Jersey late Monday for a funeral to be held at week's end, according to two people who have spoken with the singer's family.

Whitney Houston's body to be taken home to N.J.
The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak for the family and because funeral arrangements hadn't yet been completed.

Houston's family raised the possibility of holding a wake Thursday and funeral Friday at Newark's Prudential Center, an arena that hosts college and professional sport events and seats about 18,000.







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