Whitney Houston Death Investigation: Cops Want To Talk To Associate Over Cleaning Out Room

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Mar. 29 2012, Published 11:00 a.m. ET

By Jen Heger - Radar Assistant Managing Editor

Beverly Hills Police Department detectives want to question Whitney Houston's associate, Raffles Van Exel, for allegedly cleaning out the hotel room of the late pop superstar following her death, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

As we previously reported, Houston's toxicology report was released by the L.A. County Coroner's office last Thursday and stated that "Cocaine and metabolites were identified and were contributory to the death. Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were identified but did not contribute to the death."

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The focus of Whitney Houston's death investigation is now focused on a member of her entourage, Raffles Van Exel.

"Whitney's family, including her sister-in-law Pat Houston had absolutely no idea that Whitney was using drugs again," a law enforcement source tells RadarOnline.com. "The family has been extremely cooperative and they have been told that investigators want to speak to Raffles Van Exel about allegedly removing evidence from Whitney's hotel room. The cops want to know who provided Whitney with the cocaine, but if someone tampered with the death scene, well, that could be against the law in California. Investigators have tried to make contact with Van Exel, but have been unable to do so. Since Van Exel is from Denmark, investigators assume that he may no longer be in the United States, and they very much want to talk to him."

Van Exel allegedly admitted to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that he cleaned out Whitney's hotel room after she died. According to a translation of the interview, he removed clothes and belongings of Whitney's and swept the room as well. “Someone had to do it. The room was empty,” Van Exel allegedly said.

Houston was 48 when she passed away on February 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the night before the Grammy Awards.


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