Whitney Houston’s funeral may be held at an arena

Whitney Houston's funeral might be held at an arena, according to sources close to the family today.

According to reports, the family of the singer, who died on Saturday, said they had raised the possibility of holding a wake on Thursday and a funeral on Friday at Newark's Prudential Centre, which seats about 18,000 people.

While her body has arrived in her home state of New Jersey, city officials said they were waiting for the family to be there to complete the funeral planning.

A picture of the 48-year-old has been placed on the electronic board outside the arena, which is due to hold a New Jersey Devils game on Friday night.

Meanwhile reports suggest Whitney might have died from prescription drugs and alcohol rather than drowning. The singer's doctors will reportedly be questioned about how she obtained the pills.

Reports suggest Whitney's family was told she might have died before she was submerged, as it is claimed just a small amount of water was found in her lungs. There is a question as to whether Whitney might have had a heart attack as a reaction to the substances.

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LA's Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter confirmed Whitney was found in the bath, but said the cause of death would not be determined until they received the results of toxicology tests.

When asked about reports Whitney had died before her head slipped under the water, the coroner replied it was too early to be sure and that he had not said that to Whitney's family.

It is claimed Los Angeles police found bottles of six different prescription medication: Xanax, Lorazepam, Ibuprofen, Midol, Amoxicillin and Valium.

These bottles were reportedly from Mickey Fine chemists, which had supplied Michael Jackson.

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Whitney's doctors will now be questioned to discover whether the prescriptions pills could have been obtained illegally, the Sun reports.

A source claimed coroners will cross-reference Whitney's medical records with the prescription bottles. As with the Michael Jackson case, police could charge anyone who gave Whitney drugs illegally.

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The source said: "Investigators will speak to her doctors. Even though it appears to be prescription pills that may have killed her as opposed to illegal street drugs, the authorities need to be satisfied she had these drugs in her possession legally.

"They need to determine that no one is criminally negligent. There could still be charges in this case."

Reports claim Whitney Houston's death might be due to prescription drugs and alcohol / PA

Coroner Ed Winter said: "We're looking at all aspects of the case. There are reports she maybe drowned or overdosed — but we won't make a final determination until all the tests are in."

It is thought Whitney's body was taken from the funeral home in LA to Tyler Perry's private jet to be flown to the singer's native New Jersey.