Update 1:56 p.m.: An official from the L.A. County Morgue tells TMZ Whitney Houston "was never in a body bag and no one in the probation program came in contact with Whitney's body."
Lindsay Lohan claimed over the weekend that she handled Whitney Houston’s body while doing community service at the Los Angeles County Morgue in 2012. The proverbial troubled actress had to do 12-hour shifts in a morgue as court-ordered punishment for drunk driving.
Lohan said working in the morgue was "inappropriate... because a lot of other people were meant to do it, and they were like: ‘No, they can't handle it. Lohan can.’ It's different for me than it would be for other people – like, no one would really have to work at the morgue in L.A. and roll a body bag for Whitney Houston,” Lohan told The Telegraph.
From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, Houston was one of the world's best-selling artists, wowing audiences with her powerful vocals and amazing range, which was rooted in the black church.
"She was undoubtedly one of the greatest superstars of all time. One of the greatest voices, you know, in our lifetime we're likely to ever hear," British television host and producer Simon Cowell told CNN.
But toward the end of her life, Houston was plagued by drug use. By 2000, the singer had been married for eight years to singer Bobby Brown. Their marriage was widely reported to involve fighting, scandals, drug and alcohol arrests, and her family blamed Brown for Houston's downward spiral.
Houston told Oprah Winfrey in a 2009 interview that her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, arrived on her doorstep with sheriff's officers and a court order for drug intervention. In 2012, she died in Beverly Hills after a drug binge that included cocaine, Xanax and marijuana.