Los Angeles County Coroner

Whitney Houston Body Released By Coroner, Funeral Plans Underway

The Los Angeles County Coroner cleared Whitney Houston’s body for release Monday after completing an autopsy and toxicology tests. Funeral plans are reportedly already underway in the singer’s birthplace of Newark, New Jersey. Whigham Funeral Home is said to be handling the arrangements. Sources say the funeral is scheduled for the end of this week.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says it is unclear when Houston’s body will be transported to the funeral home. “The family is making arrangements. I don’t know when the family is going to have her body picked up. But they are making arrangements and sometimes it takes a couple days,” he said.

Houston, 48, was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday afternoon. Authorities reportedly believe Houston died from a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. An official cause of death will not be determined until toxicology tests are completed.

The six time Grammy winner leaves behind ex-husband Bobby Brown and their 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina. Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized twice over the weekend after her mother’s death. Family members say she was grief stricken and suffering from severe anxiety and stress. Brown arrived in L.A. Sunday night to be with her. “Obviously, the death of her mother is affecting her, however, we will get through this tragedy as a family. Again, I ask for privacy during this time,” Brown said in a statement.