While an autopsy on pop star Whitney Houston could occur in the next day, it is likely to take weeks before the L.A. County coroner’s office makes an official cause-of-death ruling.
Both the Beverly Hills Police Department and Los Angeles County coroner’s office are investigating Houston’s death. No cause has been established, and authorities said Saturday night it’s too early to determine whether she died of natural causes.
“There were no obvious signs of criminal intent,” Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said.
Houston had drug and alcohol problems for years, and last May her spokeswoman said she was going back into rehab. The Times reported that days before her death, she had been acting strangely, skipping around a ballroom and reportedly doing handstands near the hotel pool. According to The Times’ Gerrick D. Kennedy, Houston greeted people with a warm smile but appeared disheveled in mismatched clothes and hair that was dripping wet.
Police said at this stage of the probe, they do not have evidence that drugs played a role in Houston’s death.
In other cases of high-profile figures dying unexpectedly, the death investigations lasted for months and included detailed toxicology tests.
It took nearly three months for the coroner to officially rule on the death of Michael Jackson in 2009. In that case, authorities extensively reviewed the various prescription drugs he was taking, interviewed his doctors and examined his medical history. The coroner ultimately determined he died of “acute propofol intoxication.”
The coroner’s office took about a month to rule that rapper Heavy D’s unexpected death last year was caused by a blood clot.
Houston’s death came as she was in the Los Angeles area to attend music executive Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party Saturday at the Beverly Hilton. She had performed at another pre-Grammy event earlier this week.
Police said people in Houston’s party called paramedics. Some firefighters were already in the hotel working the gala, and they tried to revive her.
Paramedics performed CPR for about 20 minutes before the pop star was declared dead.
The Beverly Hills Fire Department said it was called to the hotel about 3:30 p.m. and Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.
1. Rickey Smiley & Listeners On The Beach In Punta Cana
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2. Juicy was that the uncle luke show
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3. At my show at Coco Bongo in the Dominican Republic Punta Cana with Ricky
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4. Everyone was at the @realrickeysmiley Uncle Luke Sold out Party in the DR
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5. Everyone was at the Uncle Luke Party in the DR with the @realrickeysmiley weekend
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6. Got some Viking coaches over here in Punta Cana
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7. This just in the theme to my party tonight at the @realrickeysmiley weekend is were what you dare. This is going to be interesting
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8. I have been all over Dominican Republic this is the best hotel in the country five star service
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9. Chicago in the house in the DR
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11. At Club juice in the Dominican Republic for the Rickey smiley weekend.
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12. Reading the final proof of my memoirs here in Punta Cana to be release August 4 in a bookstore near you. Make sure you pre-order now we need to make this book one of the first Southern hip hop books to be on the best seller.
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13. Tonight I had a blast at the Rickey Smiley weekend 90's party here in Dominican Republic
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14. I made it baby I'm here Punta Cana with my man @Rickeysmiley all the chemicals are ready
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15. We made it to the DR
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16. Last night here...
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17. @realrickeysmiley great event!!! #PuntaCana
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18. Last night in #PuntaCana and I must say I had a really good time and met lots of awesome people from all across America. Tag me if we took a picture! Thanks! 💋💋💋
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19. Last evening in #PuntaCana body suit by someone-shoes by Vince Camuto < so comfortable 😎👍🏾
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20. I'm always happy in the tropics! This was a great trip 😉😉 #PuntaCana
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21. My immediate future..... #Happy #blessed #LuckiestGirl #GratefulForEverything
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22. @garywdtea and CJ
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23. Bout to check out this comedy show @realrickeysmiley and @specialk913 performing! Can't wait to see my boys rip it! PuntaCana
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24. I'll be here all day....#PuntaCana
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25. Yesterday with my girl @msjuicyrsms
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26. Current situation.... I'm kinda happy right About now! 😎😎😎😎😎
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27. #repost from @rozay_janae #PuntaCana
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28. After hours spot for some late night food. I swear I'm not this skinny but this angle tho. The beef empanadas were everything! #connection
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29. @sosobrat and me this morning. Love her personality! She rocked it!
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30. Last night was all that! #CongoBongo #PuntaCana
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31. Me and DA Bruhs#punta canta
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32. Rickey Smiley
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33. Rickey Smiley
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34. EVIDENCE! Gary's @garywdtea epic Stick legs right before he FELL and busted his BUTT... His scraped up heel is the evidence. Lol.
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35. In #PuntaCana with the family @headkrack @garywdtea @specialk913 @sosobrat @porsha4real #RSMS #DishNation
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36. Live from #PuntaCana with @sosobrat We all the way TURNT UP
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37. ROCK-T & DJ DRAMA rockin the Dominican Republic. LOOK OUT! Light Skinned homies coming back in style. Lol. @DjDrama
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39. Memo to white dudes. It's NEVER cool or acceptable. Why do y'all keep doing this to my eyes
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40. The face you make when they have wings in the club but you just don't know if that's the move.
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41. Roof party Punta Canta
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42. Early morning broadcast. Peoples been here since 5am #StraightFromTheClub #PuntaCana
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43. Not many cooler than my sis @sosoBrat #PuntaCana (Humidity about to kick in)
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44. The airport
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45. You can spot the ninjas who are experiencing first class for the very first time in their life. Everyone congratulate @specialk913 he finally "made" it!!! 😂😂😂😂😂
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46. With my partner in crime in Punta Cana @garywdtea at the rooftop day party
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47. With my boys/co-hosts @rocktholla and @headkrack #RoofTopDayParty #PuntaCana
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48. Last night was all that! #CongoBongo #PuntaCana
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49. Breaking news! @garywdtea has been kicked out the sorority!
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50. @sosobrat and me this morning. Love her personality! She rocked it!
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51. Rickey Smiley
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52. That's right we in da house strong #Repost @beyonceatl・・・The crew is here #rickeysmiley #puntacana @headkrack @jahlionsound @msjuicyrsms @prettygeekz @rocktholla
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53. Hotel lobby in Punta Canta
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54. Aint nothing like ALLLLLLLLLL INCLUSIVE!!!! at the bar........ #rickeysmileycaribbeangetaway2015 #rickeysmiley #puntacana
56. Gary with the tea said this was the best picture in the house 😁 I think so too 😎#ipleadthe5th #rickeysmiley #teamnokids #puntacana2015 #puntacana
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57. It's so Beautiful here... #Bacherlorette get away... #ipleadthe5th... #rickeysmiley... #Vacation... #PuntaCana 💃💃💃
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58. Breakfast at Caribe wit @msjuicyrsms!!!!! #rickeysmileycaribbeangetaway2015
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59. I'm here yall Punta Cana #SquareInstaPic
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60. Wake Uuuuuuuuuuuppppppppp Looking out my window this is what I see PUNTA CANA BABY! !!! #SquareInstaPic @studio8apps
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61. Headed down now to get my workout on
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62. The Guru of Abs I'm tired ass hell #SquareInstaPic
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63. We worked out on the beach with The Guru of Abs JUST BEAUTIFUL #SquareInstaPic
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64. Day z party on The Roof Top. #SquareInstaPic
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65. #SquareInstaPic punta Cana
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66. #SquareInstaPic Special K and I clowning at the Day Party
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67. #Repost @jahlionsound・・・Me & @DjDrama last night before destroying club #Arijetos #PuntaCana #DominicanRepublic w/ @Krunkmaster & the entire @RickeySmileyMorningShowTonight I'm live at club Jewel5/22 - Barcelo Convention Center (Dominican Republic)5/22 - Arijetos Night Club (Dominican Republic)5/24 - Sunset Cruise (Dominican Republic)5/24 - Club CocoBongo (Dominican Republic)#WeFloodTheStreets#HardestWorkingDjYouKnow