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March 22, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Singer Whitney Houston appears to have suffered a heart episode before accidentally drowning in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel suite, according to coroner's officials who listed cocaine use as a contributing factor. The autopsy results were released Thursday after weeks of intense speculation over how the 48-year-old pop star died. The case marks another high-profile Hollywood death connected to drug use, coming less than three years after Michael Jackson died suddenly at his Holmby Hills mansion.
February 14, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Whitney Houston was found underwater in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel suite, authorities said Monday as they continued to investigate her death, including examining prescription drugs found in her room. Authorities have collected several bottles of drugs from Houston's suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, law enforcement sources told The Times. But the sources stressed that the amount of drugs did not seem unusually large, and it remained unclear whether the drugs had anything to do with her death.
February 13, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein, Robert Faturechi and Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
When paramedics arrived at Whitney Houston's hotel suite in Beverly Hills, they found her unresponsive in the bathtub, and officials said that drowning is one of the possible causes of death being investigated. The Los Angeles County coroner's office said it performed an autopsy on the singer's body Sunday, but deferred any conclusion about her death until toxicology results are available, in six to eight weeks. Sources who were briefed on the probe Sunday said drowning is one of several scenarios investigators are exploring.
May 25, 2011 | By Richard Marosi and Don Bartletti, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Diego -- Nothing about the family's life in their working-class neighborhood foretold of trouble, according to family and friends. Alfredo, 44, and Georgina Pimienta, 38, shared their single-story home in the Skyline area east of downtown with their daughters, Priscilla, 17, and Emily, 9. Alfredo was a tow truck operator who seemed to get along well with his wife, according to relatives. Emily liked to bike around the quiet streets with other children; Priscilla was a studious teenager who was looking forward to college.
April 30, 2011 | Randall Roberts
In an early homemade video made by the L.A. band the Belle Brigade for its song "Losers," from the sibling duo's self-titled debut, Barbara and Ethan Gruska, ages 28 and 21, respectively, sit holding acoustic guitars in an empty bathtub. They're wearing white robes and Barbara has a towel wrapped around her head, as though she's just gotten out of the shower. Ethan strums a few foundational chords, they start singing in harmony, and echoes of genetically intertwined voices throughout the ages come pouring out: the Everly Brothers, the Davies brothers of the Kinks, the Carter Family.
April 14, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein
Shortly after her 17-month-old son drowned in the bathtub of her Westlake home April 1, Nancy Jacinto told Los Angeles police investigators that she had left the bathroom for just seconds and returned to find the boy floating face down in the water. Jacinto, a 19-year-old mother of three, said she had left to get a towel to dry off Jacob James Gaona and his 2-year-old brother.
February 5, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Actor James Franco , who plays Allen Ginsberg in the 2010 film "Howl," has sold his Sunset Strip-area compound for $3.3 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The Spanish-style villa, built in 1923, has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 4,000 square feet. There are vaulted and beamed ceilings, city views and a master bedroom suite with a 19th century marble bathtub. The walled and gated property includes a swimming pool and a guest casita. Franco, 31, starred in "Pineapple Express" (2008)
July 15, 2009 | Mike Penner
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols has never tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug and has challenged Major League Baseball to test him again, anywhere. "My house is always open," Pujols told "They can come any time they want during the off-season. "I challenge them to try training with me during three months and a half. They can come and check every place in my house, they can even come with me in my bathtub. I have nothing to hide."
March 20, 2008 | August Brown
WHEN singer-songwriter Jens Lekman was checking out apartments to rent in Kortedala, a suburban neighborhood of his Swedish hometown Gothenburg, one landlord made an odd case for Lekman to move in. The previous occupant died in the bathroom, he said, and it took three months for anyone to notice. "He drowned in the bathtub," Lekman says. "I asked the landlord 'Why are you telling me this?' They thought that I would like it. It was their key point in getting me to take the apartment."
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