February 13th, 2012
05:40 AM ET

More questions than answers surround sudden death of Whitney Houston

There were more questions than answers Monday about Whitney Houston's sudden death, with authorities offering few details even as the iconic singer's passing loomed large over music's biggest night.

Coroners completed the autopsy Sunday on Houston, who was found dead a day before in her suite in the upscale Beverly Hilton just hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards bash at the hotel.

Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office told reporters "there will be no cause of death at this time because it is pending toxicology reports."

Winter declined to release the coroner's initial finding of cause of death, saying lab results were expected in six to eight weeks.


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    The dope was high on dope.... 'nough said!

    February 13, 2012 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. ♔Mmmmm♕

    maybe "her looming" is in a. way is a good thing...kinna good to see the pagan music industry bowing in prayer...

    February 13, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. warren

    Poor whitney. So much good talent. I attended two of her concerts. Wonderful lady. Ugly how some criticize her addiction problem. Funny coming from a bunch of food, alchohol, and cigeritte junkies. Shame on you for disrespecting this kind woman .

    February 13, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |

      You are right...She had great talent: great talent for hitting the needle!

      February 13, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. warren

    To the two people above. Your comments were are not appreciated by me. Please learn some manners.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |

      A single tear rolls down my cheek.

      February 13, 2012 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • mella

      Funny how we are quick ti throw slurrs, I am sure everybody has some closet crap, Respect Whitney for she is simeines mother, daughtermp and sister, she has family who loved her, watch it or you may be the next junkie or maybe ximeine you love, it is wring ti do this and wrong to discriinat against anyone. Help them if theyneed help. Watching and putting lakes in people makes a weak person. So what is your excuse? Yo are worst cause you claim to know better it takes a stsrong being ti editfy and wezk to tear down.

      March 13, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. warren

    Just rumors you food junkie.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |

      Just rumors?! She is a known druggie. 'nough said.

      February 13, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Portland tony

    Six to eight weeks to determine a cause of death ...What's the LA county coroner do?.......let a local high school do the toxicology tests...or call in the Brits who took 90 days to determine that Amy Winehouse died from alcohol poisoning.

    February 13, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |

      "And I-eee-I...will alwaysss snort craaaaack!"

      February 13, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy ©

    It takes that long in most states, Portland Tony.
    It's not as if there aren't any other deaths occurring.
    Toxicology takes that long because there are a lot of different things that they screen for.

    February 13, 2012 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      @banasy © ...Just being facetious!

      February 13, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I don't have my sarcasm glasses on yet...! 😉

      February 13, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. Portland tony

    It's obvious from some of the inane remarks, that very few who are commenting know little or nothing about addiction. Whether it be alcohol, Dr. prescribed drugs, or what we call street drugs. Some can sample and walk away...Others, because of their psychological make up... can't ....and wind up on the down elevation to hell. Do you actually think that most addicts want to continue their usage. Not. Think of the cigarette smoker...who have tried to quit 100s of times. Some do. Some don't. While smoking is benign in the short term...it's not really good for the long term. Now imagine a drug that is 1000 times more addictive than nicotine ..that's your 'other' drugs. Some would give anything to quit...but can't. Others try and succeed. Addiction is a disease, some conquer it..others die!

    February 13, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      As on can tell from the comments, the majority of people think that being an addict means being weak-willed, or less than, somehow.
      You have spoken the truth, but it is doubtful that people will see it that way, preferring to see it as a joke, rather than the serious issue hundreds of thousands of people suffer from.

      RIP, Ms. Houston.
      Your fight is over.

      February 13, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. fernace

    Whitneys voice & class will outlast whatever the cause of death may be! Have a little respect for the dead! Rest in Peace, Whitney Houston, you're loved & appreciated!!

    February 13, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Superman

    @ banasy, some of society is just to weak mimded to see what a true problem is . Instead look at them selves as being better, and try to justify it by showing ignorance, and un educated remarks , towards those that threaten the ignorant ones so not to be morbid or any thing but those that meet there maker are the winners those that are left behind? They still have to stew in the BS games of life because thats what they make it

    February 13, 2012 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. VDW

    whitney did have the VOICE, until she smoking newports. i know cause smoke them. i love her and always will. i supported her in everything she put out i have all of cds and 4dvds

    February 13, 2012 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. VDW

    my heart gose out to whitney's family mostly for her daughter. i am the same age as whitney and we both have a 18 yr old daughter. i pray ms Bobbie make through this. if you every come to terms with this. please pull out the dvds with you and your mom it will help you remember the good times, and also help you heal. but your mom will always and i mean! always be in your heart. bless you baby!!!!!

    February 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tim

    When its whitney houston eveyone knows it was something to do with drugs or alcohol and its poor whitney how sad we love you blah blah but whenkurt cobain died while ondrugs and he told us all he wanted to die hedidand he gets a different reaction as if he diserved it and hedid as much for music as whitney if not more

    February 14, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |