Whitney Houston Investigation: Mystery Of How She Became Face Down in Bathtub

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The Los Angeles County coroner’s final report into Whitney Houston provides more questions than it does answers.

Whilst Houston's Feb. 11 death was deemed an accidental drowning with the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" as contributing factors, the 42-page document was short on an explanation of how the singer’s body become face down in a tub of hot water about 12 inches deep.

According to the report, Houston was last seen alive by her personal assistant in her Beverly Hilton hotel room at about 3 p.m. that Saturday.

The assistant left to run errands at Nieman Marcus after telling Houston, 48, to take a bath in preparation for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party at the hotel that night, it said.

When the assistant returned to the locked room at 3:35 p.m. she found the multiple Grammy-winner "lying face down in the bathtub filled with water, unresponsive."

"The assistant called for her bodyguard and together they pulled the decedent out of the bathtub," the report stated.

Investigators also found "a small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper," it was also revealed.

Along with cocaine, the toxicology tests, now released in full, established other drugs were in the diva's body, including marijuana, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the allergy medicine Benadryl.

In another mystery, the report stated the bathtub water was 93.5 degrees -- more than six hours after she was declared dead.

Beverly Hills Police Department Detective Eric Hyon told the corner that “the water temperature in the bathtub was 93.5 degrees” at 9.35 p.m., the report revealed.

Paramedics determined death much earlier in the day -- at 3.46 p.m., he said -- but investigators did not test the temperature of the water earlier.



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  • Ms.Dietrich

    Investigators stated the bathroom floor, the bedroom floor and part of the living room floor was soaking wet. This is a significant amount of water that would take some time to travel all over the room. Yet when Houston's assistant found her, the water was off. Houston had multiple scalding marks on her body from the hot water. How did the water get turned off and why would Houston get into a scalding hot tub? How did she end up completely submerged face down? Usually when people fall GETTING INTO or OUT OF A BATHTUB, they are partially submerged. i.e on leg or arm over the side of the tub. If Houston was going thru a seizure how did she turn the water off? It takes 10-20 minutes to cause that much flood damage yet she was found in 12 inches of water which would indicate the tub was not overflowing or full.... Something isn't right.... Unless she went in and out of consciousness, turned off the water , had a seizure and then died while trying to get out of the bathtub but the question still remains is why she would get into a bath of scalding hot water...unless she didn't know...because she was too intoxicated...however the autopsy report says she was not dangerously intoxicated at the time of her death. The whole thing does not make sense.

  • S

    Frankly, I think that "6 hour" (and some reports say 5) thing is a stupid mistake on the part of whoever wrote the first story - which was then been paraphrased by countless other outlets. It doesn't sync up whatsoever with the part where the assistant suggested Houston take a bath and left for a department story to pick up some things approximately an hour before returning to find the "decedent" dead in the tub. Also, it doesn't make any sense that the water wasn't running and yet was still hot enough that the report details it at 90-some degrees F. when the paramedics/police showed up. 5 or 6 hours is impossible, given these other facts.

  • theo

    Wow! 93.5 degrees 6 hours later... very strange. She def was not taking a bath (too hot) she fell into the water after having a heart attack or seizure? -- The boiling point of water is 100°C or 212° F --

  • bgbg

    That was 88, not 87