Whitney Houston: Frantic efforts to revive stricken singer described
Frantic efforts to revive Whitney Houston at the Beverly Hilton Hotel were described in an interview Oprah Winfrey did with family members that aired Sunday.
Patricia Houston, the singer's sister-in-law and manager, described the moments when Houston was discovered unresponsive, submerged in the bathtub of her hotel suite on Feb. 11.
Patricia Houston told Winfrey she raced to Houston's room after hearing an assistant screaming and crying. She found her brother Ray over Houston, frantically trying to revive her. Houston was out of the bathtub and on the floor, she said, but Patricia Houston said she was not sure how she got there.
"The paramedics were coming in at that point. I said, 'Ray, let it go.' He was so out of breath. I felt so badly for him," Patricia Houston said, according to a transcript of the interview.
The comments come as the L.A. County coroner's office and Beverly Hills Police Department try to determine how Houston died the evening before the Grammy Awards.
Beverly Hills police officials have said they don't believe foul play was involved, but sources said investigators cannot settle on a cause of death until all toxicology tests are back and detectives have concluded all interviews.
Investigators have served subpoenas on doctors and pharmacies as they try to determine whether prescription drugs played a role in the singer's death.
Authorities collected several bottles of prescription medication's from Houston's suite. But officials have said the amounts of drugs did not seem unusually large, leaving it unclear whether the medications had anything to do with her death.
The death certificate, released this month, says the manner of death was "pending investigation."
The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the case is ongoing, said that they don't know precisely when a cause of death will be determined but that it could be several more weeks.
-- Shelby Grad and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Whitney Houston in 2005. Credit: Los Angeles Times