Los Angeles (CNN) — There were more questions than answers Monday about Whitney Houston’s sudden death, with authorities offering few details even as the iconic singer’s passing loomed large over music’s biggest night.
Coroners completed the autopsy Sunday on Houston, who was found dead a day before in her suite in the upscale Beverly Hilton just hours before she was to attend a pre-Grammy Awards bash at the hotel.
Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office told reporters “there will be no cause of death at this time because it is pending toxicology reports.”
Winter declined to release the coroner’s initial finding of cause of death, saying lab results were expected in six to eight weeks.
“I know there are reports that she maybe was drowned or did she overdose, but we won’t make a final determination until all the tests are in,” he said. Winter ruled out foul play, and said there were no injuries to her body.
Winter confirmed reports that Houston was found in the bathtub of her hotel room. “I believe somebody removed her from the bathtub and the paramedics did CPR on her,” he said.
Entertainment news website TMZ, citing “informed sources,” reported pill bottles were found in Houston’s room. CNN could not immediately confirm the TMZ report and Winter declined to comment.
Beverly Hills police have requested a “security hold” on the coroner’s report, a common practice in high-profile cases that limits what can be revealed about a probe while it is ongoing.
“So there will be no additional information put out as far as what was discovered in the room, any details of that nature,” Winter said.