Coroner's officials released singer Whitney Houston's body to her family Monday for a funeral and burial, saying there was no sign of a crime but that a final determination on the cause of her death was weeks away.
Police in Beverly Hills, where the 48-year-old pop diva was declared dead after being found underwater in her hotel bathtub, said they had completed their investigation of the death scene. They said there was no criminal investigation.
"As of right now and this date, it's a coroner's case," said police Lt. Mark Rosen. "It's a normal investigation for someone of her age who would have died in this manner."
Lt. Fred Corral, of the investigations division of the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, said a "pending" certificate of death was issued, allowing release and burial. He said the body was taken from the coroner's office, where an autopsy was performed Sunday, to be returned to her family in New Jersey.
Late Monday, a hearse under police escort arrived at a New Jersey funeral home officials said was handling the arrangements for the late pop star.
Several officials familiar with the funeral planning said arrangements were being made by Newark's Whigham Funeral Home, which handled the 2003 funeral of Houston's father. They spoke to the AP on Monday on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak for Houston's family.
Assistant chief coroner Ed Winter said there were bottles of prescription medicine in Houston's hotel room. He would not give details except to say, "There weren't a lot of prescription bottles. You probably have just as many prescription bottles in your medicine cabinet."
The death certificate will be updated with an official cause of death once all toxicology testing is completed and analyzed, Corral said. Test results will take eight to 10 weeks, he said.
He called the tests, and the time period, "normal procedure."
"It takes time to do these tests," Corral said.
Houston's body was found by a member of her personal staff around 3:30 p.m. PT Saturday, Rosen said as he provided the first detailed account of the chaotic scene at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Her body had been pulled from the tub by the time emergency responders had arrived from the Beverly Hills Fire Department, who were already at the hotel for a Grammy-related party, he said. Hotel security were also in the room.
"When first responders arrived on the scene, she was unconscious and unresponsive," Rosen said.
First aid and CPR were unsuccessful, and she was declared dead at 3:55 p.m., Rosen said.
Houston, a pop sensation in the 1980s and '90s, had struggled with substance abuse.
At the White House, spokesman Jay Carney said President Obama's thoughts and prayers are with Houston's family, especially her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18, who was hospitalized and released Sunday after becoming distraught at the loss of her mother. Carney said the president was an admirer of the singer's "immense talent."