Whitney Houston’s Doctors to Be Investigated


Kevin Mazur/AMA2009/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Investigators will be looking into doctors who wrote multiple sedative prescriptions for Whitney Houston as they try to determine the cause of the singer’s death.

Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office Assistant Chief Ed Winter told ABC News the office is “conducting an investigation and will try to obtain medical records from her doctors.”

The coroner said on Sunday the autopsy on Houston was complete, but results would not be finalized pending toxicology reports, which could take up to eight weeks.

On Monday, Beverly Hills police revealed that Houston was found “underwater and unconscious” in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel room Saturday afternoon.  Prescription drugs were found nearby.  Photographs published by TMZ show bottles of champagne and beer in the adjacent room and on the floor next to the tub where she died.

ABC News confirmed on Monday that Houston’s aunt, Mary Jones, found her in the bathtub and tried to revive her before paramedics arrived at the scene.

The 48-year-old singer will be laid to rest after a private, invitation-only funeral service in New Jersey on Saturday that will not take place at the Prudential Center arena, the owner of the funeral home making her arrangements announced on Tuesday.

“Whitney Houston’s funeral will be held at noon on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark,” Carolyn Wigham, the owner of the Wigham Funeral Home, told reporters.  New Hope is the same church where Houston honed her powerful voice in the choir.

Wigham said that Houston’s mother, Cissy Houston, was at the funeral home until 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.  She “made it clear that a funeral must be inside a church,” and that the Prudential Center, where members of Houston’s family had said a public memorial for the singer was in the works, was not an appropriate venue.

Houston’s body arrived in New Jersey via private jet and gold-colored hearse Monday night.

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