The 48-year-old singer – who battled drink and drug addiction in the past – was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday (11.02.12) afternoon and she is thought to have passed out before slipping under the water.
Housten was discovered by her hairdresser – one of several members of her entourage in other parts of her fourth-floor suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel – who found her with her face underwater and her legs in the air.
Half a dozen bottles of prescription drugs including Lorazepam, Valium and Xanax – used as sleeping aids, relaxants and to ease anxiety – are said to have been found in the suite.
After the hairdresser screamed, one of Whitney’s bodyguards came into the bathroom and dragged her from the tub before attempting to revive her.
Unfortunately nothing could be done and the mother-of-one was pronounced dead at 3.55pm and her body was finally removed from the hotel yesterday morning (12.02.12).
On the Thursday before her tragic death (09.02.12) the ‘I Will Always Love You’ hitmaker looked disorientated and wild-eyed as she left Hollywood nightclub Tru in the early hours and had scratched on her wrist and blood running down her leg.
Whitney was also spotted downing tequila and went “berserk” when she saw on/off lover Ray J talking to US ‘X Factor’ contestant Stacy Francis.
Witnesses who saw her leave said she seemed “wasted”.
Whitney then went out drinking again on Friday (10.02.12) and onlookers say her group was loud and boisterous, she was also displaying erratic behaviour during the daytime and on Thursday she was seen wandering around the hotel lobby with soaking hair and mismatched clothes.
One source said she appeared bloated and “smelled of alcohol and cigarettes”.
Following her untimely passing, Whitney’s family issued a statement saying: “This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly.”