Investigators looking into the medications prescribed to the late Whitney Houston have been in contact with several Atlanta area doctors’ offices and pharmacies.
Toxicology results indicating what medications were in Houston’s system won’t be concluded for weeks, and inquiries into prescription medications are pretty common in cases of untimely deaths such as Houston’s, the Los Angeles Coroners Office says. She was 48.
The Associated Press quoted Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter noting that “similar measures are taken when a person dies in a car crash, shoots themselves or, as in Houston’s case, dies unexpectedly.”
This afternoon, Winter spoke with WSB’s Manuel Bojorquez, revealing that the investigation includes doctors and pharmacies in the Atlanta area, where Houston lived for many years. Winter did not identify the locations or specify how many have been contacted in connection with the investigation, but did say they had been helpful.
Houston’s struggles with substances were well known. Last May she was back in rehab, having publicly discussed her drug and alcohol issues. Her friend and fellow artist Kelly Price has given a number of interviews in recent days insisting Houston was fine during a party a couple of nights before she died, and had merely joined in a champagne toast with other Grammy guests. In this video clip she tells CNN’s Anderson Cooper there was nothing wrong with Houston that night.
“Everybody was having such a good time. We were laughing and singing and dancing,” Price said.
But Houston pal Chaka Khan pointed to “dangerous people” during an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan.
“Whoever flew her out to perform at that party, should have provided someone to be there,” Khan said. “To somehow, keep the riff-raff out of the situation. To keep the dangerous people away.”
Khan is on the list of people who will attend the funeral, which is being held at Houston’s childhood church in Newark, N.J.
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