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Whitney Houston's death: Security hold placed on coroner's case

February 12, 2012 |  5:58 pm

Beverly Hills police have requested a security hold on details of the coroner’s case on Whitney Houston’s death, a Los Angeles County coroner’s official said Sunday.

An autopsy was completed on the singer on Sunday afternoon, but the cause of death has been deferred pending results of toxicology tests, which could take six to eight weeks, Assistant Chief L.A. County Coroner Ed Winter told reporters at a news conference at the department’s office on Mission Road near downtown.

No additional information about evidence collected in Houston’s hotel room or other details about her death will be released at this time because of the ongoing investigation, Winter said.

Houston was found unresponsive in her suite at the Beverly Hilton hotel on Saturday afternoon and later pronounced dead, Winter said. Sources have told The Times that investigators are looking at the possibility that she drowned in her bathtub.

Asked if water was found in Houston’s lungs, Winter declined to comment. Questioned about a possible suicide, he said that his department was “looking at all aspects of the case.”

No foul play is suspected, he said.
Whitney’s family will probably be allowed to view the body once it is moved to the mortuary, Winter said. It was unclear when that might be, however.


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Photo: Los Angeles County  coroner's spokesman Ed Winter speaks at a news conference in L.A. on Feb. 12, 2012, announcing the conclusion of an autopsy on singer Whitney Houston. Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times