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Whitney Houston's Death Certificate Released

Kevin Mazur/AMA2009/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Whitney Houston's official death certificate has been filed in Los Angeles County.

The immediate cause of death is listed as "deferred" and the manner of death is noted to be "pending investigation."

The document reveals that the singer will be laid to rest at the Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J.

Her father, John Russell Houston, who died in 2003, was also buried at Fairview.

Houston's funeral will be held at noon on Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where Houston honed her powerful voice in the choir.


The 48-year-old singer was found "underwater and unconscious" in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel room Saturday afternoon.

Prescription drugs were found nearby, and bottles of champagne and beer were in an adjacent room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, as seen in photos of the scene obtained by TMZ.

Amid the circumstances of her death and Houston's history of drug addiction, many have speculated that the singer died after taking a toxic mix of prescription drugs and alcohol. But the cause of death has yet to be determined.

Houston's autopsy is complete, but results of toxicology tests are not expected to be in for six to eight weeks. Investigators will be looking into doctors who wrote multiple sedative prescriptions for Houston as they try to determine the cause of the pop superstar's death.

Winter told ABC News the office is "conducting an investigation and will try to obtain medical records from her doctors."

The funeral is expected to be made available to the public via television and web streaming, according to a publicist for Houston.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Steve Jobs Died of Respiratory Arrest Amid Pancreatic Tumor

Mike Ehrmann/WireImage(PALO ALTO, Calif.) -- As Apple announced a private employee celebration of Steve Jobs‘ life, California health officials disclosed what killed the tech legend.

“The immediate cause of death is respiratory arrest, and that’s brought on by a pancreatic tumor,” said Amy Cornell, a health information officer for Santa Clara County Public Health Department, citing Jobs’ death certificate.

Jobs, 56, died at his home in Palo Alto, Calif., at 3 p.m. on Oct. 5 after suffering from a metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor, Cornell said. His occupation is listed on the death certificate as “entrepreneur” in the high-tech business, with 36 years in the occupation.

He is buried at Alta Mesa Memorial Park in Palo Alto, Cornell said, after a funeral held on Oct. 7.

The death certificate came out the same day Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that a “celebration” of Jobs’ life would take place at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 on the Apple corporate campus in Cupertino, Calif. It will be a private celebration for employees with no media present, according to Apple.

“Like many of you, I have experienced the saddest days of my lifetime and shed many tears during the past week,” Cook wrote in a letter to employees. “But I’ve found some comfort in the extraordinary number of tributes and condolences from people all over the world who were touched by Steve and his genius. And I’ve found comfort in both telling and listening to stories about Steve.

“Although many of our hearts are still heavy, we are planning a celebration of his life for Apple employees to take time to remember the incredible things Steve achieved in his life and the many ways he made our world a better place,” Cook added.

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