Los Angeles coroner officials are investigating the death of music superstar Whitney Houston and are attempting to determine whether the diva drowned in a bathtub shortly before she was set to attend a pre-Grammy Awards gala.
It's been reported that a member of Whitney Houston's entourage found the singer unresponsive early Saturday evening in her Beverly Hilton Hotel suite and called authorities. Paramedics performed CPR for about 20 minutes once they arrived prior to declaring her dead.
It will be weeks before an official cause of death is released. The Los Angeles County coroner's office said it performed an autopsy on Sunday but deferred any findings until toxicology results are available in six to eight weeks which is the norm on all high profile deaths in Los Angeles.
Sources who were briefed on the probe Sunday said drowning is one of several scenarios investigators are exploring. The sources stressed that authorities still have many unanswered questions, particularly about what Houston was doing in the hours before her death. They are also interviewing friends and family members to determine whether Houston had any underlying medical conditions. One source with knowledge of the case said that although Houston was found in the bathtub, officials are still unsure whether she died of natural causes or was in some other way stricken.
On Sunday morning, clearly grief stricken music star Ray J was seen surrounded by three companions in the hotel's lobby.
Ray J, who reportedly had been dating Houston on and off, was being consoled by others.
"Whitney dead," he repeated multiple times as one friend grabbed him by the shoulders. "Whitney dead. We all gotta live with that."
Later, Ray J left the hotel and was whisked away in the passenger seat of a red Ferrari.
A short time later, Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, was rushed by ambulance from the hotel to nearby Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, police said. Details of her medical problem were not available, but she was reportedly released from the hospital a few hours later.