Whitney Houston's Death: Emergency Caller Never Reached 911

Details of the 911 call made on the day of Houston's passing are revealed, as police close the investigation into her death

Another sad revelation about Whitney Houston's death has come to light thanks to a newly released 911 call. It appears that somebody did call for help after Houston was found unconscious in her hotel bathtub; however, the person was too hysterical to respond to emergency instructions.

In a phone call obtained by TMZ, a member of the Beverly Hilton security team informed a 911 operator that there is a "46-year-old female found in the bathroom" of one of their rooms. (You can listen to the recording below.)

"I'm not sure if she fell or if she was in the bathroom with the water," said the man, who explained that he learned about the emergency from an "irate" woman who called him from the hotel room. Without identifying Houston by name, he relayed the information that she wasn't breathing.

The 911 operator then asked if she could be patched through to the hotel room, in order to give CPR instructions to the woman who called.

"No, because she keeps hanging up on us," the official replied.



By the time the 911 operator sent emergency workers to the hotel, Houston had already died. Could she have been saved? It seems unlikely; she was discovered face-down in the tub by her assistant, and police believe she had been submerged in the bath for nearly an hour. When People asked someone in the coroner's office if CPR would have helped Houston, he answered, "There's too many unknown variables for me to comment on that."

However, there's no mystery as to the cause of the singer's death on Feb. 11. An autopsy report revealed that Houston, 48, died of accidental drowning, with "the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" contributing to her passing. The coroner found nothing suspicious in the room (besides cocaine and prescription medications, which seemed to clearly be Houston's property.) On Wednesday, the Beverly Hills police department officially closed its investigation.

"Based on the findings of our investigation and our review of the Coroner's Report we have determined that this is not a criminal matter," reads the police statement.

Hopefully the end of the investigation will bring some closure to the family, particularly Houston's only child, 18-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina.

 

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