Coroner: Houston drowned after cocaine use
Whitney Houston performs at the O2 Arena on April 25, 2010, in London.
March 22nd, 2012
05:24 PM ET

Coroner: Houston drowned after cocaine use

Whitney Houston died from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub, but the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" were contributing factors in her death, the Los Angeles County Coroner said in an autopsy report released Thursday.

Houston, 48, was "found submerged in bathtub filled with water" and "no trauma or foul play is suspected," the coroner said.

The toxicology tests found other drugs in her body, including marijuana, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the allergy medicine Benadryl, the report said. But these drugs "did not contribute to the death," it said.

The final coroner report is expected to be made public within two weeks, the coroner said.

Houston died February 11 in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, the day before the music industry gathered for the annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

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  1. Kroch Inspector

    WHOA!!!!!!! What a huge shock LMAO

    March 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Btown

      Someone dying always crack me up...NOT! Nice going Krock Rocket...dbag!

      March 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • JeffinWashington

      Its George Bush's
      fault !!!

      March 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerry

      Cocain is a hell of a drug!!

      March 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Charles

      Leave it to Matt Drudge to misrepresent the coroner's report on his gossip site. What a dirtbag.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Real Nobody

      Leave it to CNN to sugarcoat the headline. What a wonderful message to send to the"children of our future", that you can get mixed up in drugs, destroy your career, kill yourself, cause your child, family ,loved ones and us fans tremendous grief, and be honered with a saints funeral and blamless victim headlines. Yeah that Drudge is a real db.

      March 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kim

    Big surprise.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Adewale oyewole

    Wasted life.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mm

    Surprise, surprise, surprise. NOT!

    March 22, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Yoda

    First

    March 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mimi

      If you don't count the other 4.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Btown

    Crack is whack!!

    March 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Tonyb

    wow- what a surprise. Coke and grass....who would have thought....

    March 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SparkyGump

      Cannabis had nothing to do with it.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • XxMacleodxX

      well coke makes your heart beat faster while marijuana constricts the veins and arteries ....more pressure .....don't mix the two

      March 22, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. CNN eats it.

    Breaking News?

    March 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mike Johnson

    De mortuis nil nisi bonum

    March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • MyTwoSenseWorth

      De _liberal_ mortuis

      March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Luckjunky

      "Of the dead, nothing unless good"

      March 22, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. mm

    Governor Christy, you might want to lower the flag again for this newsflash.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Whynot11

    Ah HA! She drowned in cocaine!

    I knew it was not cocaine.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Arthur

    Theres a shocker.....

    March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Daveinil

    Nice way to try to avoid saying drugs killed her.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Kevin Smith

      Because they didn't. She drowned. She might have lived another 30-40 years taking those drugs.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Captain Obvious

      She killed herself- drugs were the method

      March 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. elr

    So sad. I hope her family can find some peace. She didn't mean to do this.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • mm

      Ummm, that was a dumb statement.
      How many self centered drug addicts intentionally drown.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Yeah right...The daughter was doing drugs after the funeral...Only bad can come of this...

      March 22, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pete

    Houston, you had a problem.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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