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Family allowed to collect Whitney’s body

LOSS: Whitney with 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina

THE FAMILY of Whitney Houston will be allowed to collect her body soon, it has been reported.

It is believed that an autopsy on the singer, who died in her LA hotel room on Saturday, has now been officially completed, and sources say her family should be able to collect her body and prepare for her funeral.

Assistant Chief L.A. County Coroner Ed Winter told reporters at a news conference that Whitney's family will be allowed to view the body once it is moved to a mortuary, though it's unclear exactly when that will be.

The I Will Always Love You star was declared dead in her fourth-floor room in the Beverly Hills Hotel at 3:55 pm on the eve of one of music’s biggest night, The Grammy awards.

Gossip website TMZ reported that prescription drugs were found in the star's room in the Beverly Hilton Hotel with speculation rife that Whitney may have drowned in a bathtub, although the cause of her death is still unconfirmed.

The six-time Grammy-winner’s shock death hit both her family and the music world hard, with celebrities from all over the world taking to Twitter to share their grief.

“I'm speechless...I'm in shock right now. Just pray for her and the family,” wrote the star’s godmother and singer, Chaka Khan.

The star’s daughter, 18-year-old, Bobbi Kristina, was rushed to hospital and subsequently released for "stress and anxiety" yesterday.

Whitney’s ex husband, Bobby Brown, who was scheduled to tour with 90s group, New Edition, has made his way to Los Angeles to be by his daughter's side.

"His daughter is having a total breakdown," a source told US Weekly. "She is freaking out, uncontrollably sobbing. We thought she was trying to kill herself. Everybody is worried."

Bobby addressed the media yesterday, asking for privacy during the difficult time.

"Today my daughter did visit with doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She has been released and is presently with my family, including her siblings," he said in a statement released to Extra yesterday.

"Obviously the death of her mother is affecting her, however, we will get through this tragedy as a family. Again, I ask for privacy during this time."

Whitney's death cast a great sadness over the the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, where a host of stars paid tribute to the late singer.

Jennifer Hudson took to the stage to perform a rendition of one of Whitney's greatest hits, I Will Always Love You, where she modified the lyrics to, "We will always love you."

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