Whitney Houston
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Following the tragic demise of soul legend Whitney Houston last weekend at the age of 48, reports emerged today revealing the preliminary autopsy results into the singer’s death – results which appear to confirm the presence of sedatives in her system.

Whitney Houston’s body was discovered on Saturday afternoon in a Beverly Hills hotel room, and the immediate cause of death was not apparent – although prescription drugs including Lorazepam, Valium and Xanax were found there. The official results of the preliminary autopsy tests will be made public sometime this week, although unofficial reports claim that the results show that sedatives were definitely present.

According to RadarOnline.com, a law enforcement source said that “the preliminary results indicate that there were benzodiazepines present in Whitney”s system,” making the publication of the final toxicology results in a month or so’s time all the more important.

Whitney Houston was cited by the Guinness Book of Records as the female act that had accrued the most music awards of all time, for her incredible voice – awards including two Emmys, six Grammys, 30 Billboard Music Awards and 22 American Music Awards. Whitney also made a smash hit in Hollywood, as the star of The Bodyguard, for which she also provided the world hit title track, I Will Always Love You – the best-selling single by a female artist in history.

She sold more than 170 million albums during her career, which saw her being in a junior gospel choir and move on to sophisticated soul and R&B. She may have suffered an untimely death, but her smiling visage will undoubtedly be shining forth from many music t-shirts over the next year.

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