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Police confirm Whitney Houston found under water, unconscious

Whitney Houston dies at 48 (WRDW-TV, February 11, 2012)

Whitney Houston dies at 48 (WRDW-TV, February 11, 2012)

Beverly Hills police say Whitney Houston was under water and apparently unconscious when she was found in a hotel bathtub.

Lt. Mark Rosen said Monday that the 48-year-old singer was found Saturday by a member of her personal staff at approximately 3:30 pm. Rosen says Houston was pulled from the tub by members of her staff, and hotel security was promptly notified.

Rosen says further details of Houston's death are not being released to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

The coroner's office says toxicology testing is continuing.

Meanwhile, two people who have spoken with Whitney Houston's family say the singer's body will be taken home to New Jersey late Monday for a funeral to be held at week's end.

The two people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak for the family and funeral arrangements weren't complete.

The two say Houston's family has raised the possibility of holding a wake Thursday and funeral Friday at Newark's Prudential Center, which can seat about 18,000.

The two people say funeral arrangements are being made by Newark's Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the 2003 funeral of Houston's father.

A woman at the funeral home says she can't comment.

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