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Beverly Hills Police: NO COMMENT on Whitney Houston's Death Until Coroner Releases Toxicology Report

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"We do not know the cause of death," said Lt. Mark Rosen of the Beverly Hills Police Department during a press conference held at 11:30 this morning regarding the late Whitney Houston. The singer was found dead in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton on Saturday afternoon.Rosen explained that the BHPD are in the midst of an "active investigation," for which protocol dictates the information remain sealed to preserve the integrity of the investigation. He clarified, however, that the investigation into Houston's death at age 48 is standard procedure for the BHPD, "not prompted by her celebrity or notoriety," and not a criminal investigation.

The preliminary stages of the investigation are done, says Rosen, including their work on the premises of the Beverly Hilton. Houston was found by someone on her staff (identified by others as her aunt) and pulled out of the bathtub. Rosen explained that Houston was out of the bathtub when the paramedics arrived on scene, and while first aid and CPR were administered, she was unresponsive and pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

Rosen would not comment on further specifics about Houston's death, and refused to indicate having any knowledge available regarding cause of death, stressing that the BHPD would have nothing further to say until the coroner releases the findings of the toxicology reports. It's "a coroner's case," right now, emphasized Rosen.

"At this time, [the BHPD] will not comment on any specifics, condition of her body or room, or anything they may or may not have found" so far in their death investigation, noted Rosen.

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Rosen was peppered with questions from the media, including being asked about contact with Bobby Brown, and the release of Houston's body from the coroner to her relatives. Rosen noted that he expects the 911 tapes will eventually be released to the media.