Houston Death Details Released, Grammys Ratings Up

Beverly Hills police confirm Whitney Houston was found underwater in a bathtub in her hotel room Saturday.

Lieutenant Mark Rosen says a member of Houston’s staff pulled her from the tub and emergency personnel found her unconscious and unresponsive.

Coroner’s representatives say prescription drugs were found in her room but not a lot of them. The coroner’s office released the body to the family yesterday. The family is flying it to New Jersey today.

Two people who spoke to Houston’s family say her family is considering having a wake Thursday and a funeral Friday at the Prudential Center in Newark.

The White House says President Barack Obama is sending his thoughts and prayers to Houston’s family, especially her daughter.

Meanwhile, Houston’s body is back home in northern New Jersey. Late last night, a hearse under heavy police escort arrived at the New Jersey funeral home that officials say is handling funeral arrangements.

The hearse traveled from Teterboro Airport, where officials had told The Associated Press Houston’s body would arrive from the Los Angeles area.

Dozens of Houston fans went to the funeral home last night where they played her songs, sang and lit candles.

“I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston has shot to the top of the iTunes most-downloaded list. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “Greatest Love Of All” also make the iTunes top ten.

The BBC reports fans in England complained after iTunes UK temporarily raised the price of Houston’s “The Ultimate Collection” following her death. The price has reverted to its former cost. Sony Music and iTunes have refused comment.

The ratings for the Grammy Awards were up — way up. It was the second-most watched Grammys in history.

Nielsen reports more than 39.9 million people saw the show. It beat last year’s viewership by 50% and was the biggest audience since 1984, the year Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” won eight awards.

Part of the interest this year was in Adele, whose “21” album was a critical and commercial success and won six Grammys. Part of it was because of the death of Whitney Houston the day before. (AP)


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