News: UPDATE: Whitney Houston's Death Officially Closed, "No Evidence Of Foul Play"
Thursday, Apr 12, 2012 1:00PM
The police investigation surrounding late music icon Whitney Houston's unexpected February passing is officially closed as the 48 year-old's death has been concluded as an accidental drowning.
According to reports, there is no proof of foul play associated with her death.
With the case closed, police released the recording of the 911 emergency call in which a hotel security officer said the woman who called for help from Houston's room was "irate and pretty much out of it." Investigators "found no evidence of foul play," a police statement said. "Based on the findings of our investigation and our review of the coroner's report, we have determined that this is not a criminal matter." (CNN)
Speculation grew a couple weeks ago upon discovery of cocaine in Houston's room at the time of her passing.
TMZ has learned that cocaine was present in Whitney Houston's hotel room at the time of her death. No details on how much was actually recovered, but "white, powdery remnants" were tested and it was confirmed that the substance was indeed cocaine. According to earlier reports, the substance was a contributing factor of her death. The investigation is at its final stages and rumors swirling about drugs being cleaned out of the hotel room may have been false. Beverly Hills police are not investigating any suspects involved in a clean-up effort because they are in possession of the controlled substance. (Complex)
In March, R&B singer Ray J denied having any knowledge of Houston's drug usage.
Ray J is pissed that people are accusing him of being Whitney's enabler and, even worse, fueling her with the fatal dose of cocaine. Ray J's rep tells TMZ ... the singer had NO KNOWLEDGE that Whitney was using again. The rep says Ray J is especially upset at claims made by Bobby Brown's sister, Leolah Brown, who went on TV Thursday night and suggested Ray J was to blame for Whitney's demise. Ray J says the claim is absolute B.S. We're told Ray J wasn't even around Whitney the day she died. He was in San Diego. (TMZ)
Ex-husband Bobby Brown's sister, Leolah Brown, fingered Ray J as the person responsible for contributing to Houston's demise.
Leolah Brown, the sister of Houston's ex-husband, Bobby Brown, went on the "Dr. Drew" show on HLN on Thursday night and made some salacious allegations aimed at Houston's frequent companion, singer Ray J. Leolah claimed that she saw Ray J leaving Houston's hotel room in a hurry on the night of her death in February. "I saw Ray J coming out of the hotel, hiding his head, being pushed into the car," she told Drew. "Why? I looked and I said, 'why is he hiding his face?' He's always trying to show his face when he's around Whitney. Why now? Why are you trying to hide now Ray J?" (MTV)