13 February 2012 Last updated at 16:56 ET
Lt. Mark Rosen, Beverly Hills Police: Houston was "pulled from bath"
Whitney Houston was underwater and unconscious when she was found in a bath in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday, according to police.
Officials said they would not speculate on the cause of her death until toxicology tests were finished.
"Ms Houston was pulled from the tub by members of her staff and hotel security was promptly notified," said Beverly Hills police spokesman Lt Mark Rosen.
A Los Angeles coroner said there were no signs of foul play.
It could be up to eight weeks before investigators know exactly why the 48-year-old singer died.
Funeral plansIn a news conference on Monday, Lt Rosen said fire department officials were told the singer was found unresponsive as a member of her staff pulled her from the bath.
"First aid and CPR measures were performed in an attempt to revive her," he said, adding that after unsuccessful attempts, Houston was pronounced dead at 15:55 local time (23:55 GMT).
The police spokesman dismissed reports that prescription drugs might have been involved in her death.
"Our intent at Beverly Hills Police Department is not to fuel the speculation or rumours that are circulating right now," Lt Rosen said. "We can't comment on where those rumours have come from."
The Los Angeles coroner's office said Houston's body was released to her family late on Monday morning.
Many left tributes outside Houston's childhood church in Newark, New Jersey
The singer's body will be taken to New Jersey, where she lived, for a funeral to be held at the end of the week.
Born in Newark, Whitney Houston began her singing career as a child at the city's New Hope Baptist Church. Her cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, also sang in its choir.
On Monday, mourners left tributes, including flowers, balloons and candles, alongside the church's fence.
"She was an inspiration to everybody,'' said Gregory Hanks, a 26-year-old actor who grew up in the area.
Houston was one of the world's best-selling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, selling 170 million records worldwide.
But her later career was overshadowed by drug use and a turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown.
Houston was found in her hotel room just hours before she was supposed to appear at a gala before the Grammy awards show.
Grammy honourAt the awards ceremony on Sunday she was remembered by the music world.
Host LL Cool J opened the event with a prayer for the singer, who won six Grammys during her career.
The audience then gave a standing ovation after watching a clip of her hit I Will Always Love You.
Dressed in black and with a simple piano accompaniment, singer Jennifer Hudson later gave a rendition of the same song, ending with the line, "Whitney, we will always love you."
Sales of Houston's albums have soared on both sides of the Atlantic following her death in Los Angeles.
Whitney - The Greatest Hits is at two on the US iTunes chart, while Whitney Houston - The Ultimate Collection is second in the UK iTunes chart.
Article Source : BBC News
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