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. lee

    Shocked, shocked I say !!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Imsmart

    I strongly beleieve it was the muscle relaxer Xanax that killed her. Why? The heart is a muscle.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. AMM

    In other shocking developments, the sky is blue and the sun rose this mornng.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Obamanation

    IT'S BUSH'S FAULT!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Steffie

    I'm pretty sure most of the jerks mocking her plight with drug addictions probably have their own shortcomings that could indirectly lead to their demise– drinking, smoking, fast driving to name a few– and wouldn't want folks making jokes of their untimely death. Have some compassion for this woman's loved ones why don't you. Geez.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Q tip

    Another Obama vote down the drain.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Joebuck

    Actualy weed expands blood vessels Mac snag shut yer piehole respect the dead yer goin too

    March 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. JOSE

    SHOCKING JUST SHOCKING

    March 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. BillyBob117

    And yet there are those who want to make her a saint. Typical hollywood death--drugs and booze

    March 22, 2012 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Bonnie

    In the initial autopsy they said there wasn't enough water in her lungs, hardly any, to warrant drowing – that she'd died before going into the water. I can't see why that is even listed here.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Maximus

    ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED????

    March 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. GoneIn6

    Bonnie- You're simply showing a lack of knowledge. The medical field and current research disagrees with you. Granted, it's difficult to understand why some of us make good choices and turn things around or never get on the boat to begin with. It's also complicated by the blight of chronic pain conditions, powerful prescription drugs, careless doctors, and pill mills (which is how i ended up where I was). I understand why it's hard to grasp. Just try to be a little less judgemental and see it through the eyes of someone who has been there...and turned it around.
    There IS something to the disease model. We're just a long way from understanding it.
    I wish you wisdom in your journey as I know I need it every day in mine.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. james gordon

    People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones , They may be throwing stones at their own reflection ,You think God don't read what you type ??????

    March 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Zipperhead

    Crack Ho !!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. GoneIn6

    I'msmart
    LOL

    March 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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