(NEW YORK) — The body of pop star Whitney Houston is believed to be heading to New Jersey on a private jet Monday night, ABC News has learned.
Houston’s body was released by the Los Angeles coroner earlier Monday after the completion of an autopsy to discover the cause of her death.
Houston was found “underwater and unconscious” in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel room Friday night, according to Beverly Hills police.
Prescription drugs were found nearby, and bottles of champagne and beer were in the adjacent room, as seen in photos obtained by TMZ.
The circumstances and Houston’s history of drug addiction have left many speculating that her death is the result of a toxic mixture of prescription drugs and alcohol.
“You can look at a body and not know (what) the cause of death is, you might have a suspicion, but the person could have suffered a heart attack or embolism,”said Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner. Results of toxicology tests are not expected to be complete for six to eight weeks.
ABC News’ New York affiliate WABC reported that the same Newark funeral home that handled arrangements for Houston’s father in 2003 is expected to handle the singer’s arrangements.
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