UPDATE: Hearse Arrives at NJ Funeral Home Handling Houston

By: From the AP
By: From the AP
Whitney Houston dead at 48 (WRDW-TV, February 11,2012)

Whitney Houston dead at 48 (WRDW-TV, February 11,2012)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- A hearse under heavy police escort has arrived at the New Jersey funeral home officials say is handling the arrangements for late pop star Whitney Houston.

The hearse traveled from Teterboro Airport, where officials had told The Associated Press Houston's body would arrive late Monday on a flight from the Los Angeles area.

Several officials familiar with funeral planning say arrangements are being made by Newark's Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the 2003 funeral of Houston's father. They spoke to the AP on Monday on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak for Houston's family.

Houston died Saturday at a hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. She was 48. Officials say she was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a bathtub.

Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange.



BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) -- Beverly Hills police say Whitney Houston was under water and apparently unconscious when she was found in a hotel bathtub.

Lt. Mark Rosen said Monday that the singer was found Saturday by a member of her personal staff at approximately 3:30 pm. Rosen says Houston was pulled from the tub by members of her staff, and hotel security was promptly notified.

Rosen says further details of Houston's death are not being released to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

The coroner's office says toxicology testing is continuing.



LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A coroner's official says Whitney Houston was found in a hotel bathtub but it'll take weeks to determine precisely how she died.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter told reporters Sunday afternoon that police had requested that no details about Houston's autopsy be publicly released. He said toxicology results would take weeks and the results were needed to determine how Houston died in a room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon.

Winter declined to release any details about what investigators found in the room, but said coroner's officials were not ruling out any potential causes of death.

He said there were no signs of trauma on Houston's body.


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