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. Ozz

    My theory was Whitney committed suicide to end all her miseries!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Bobby B.

    No loss here. Just one less addict driving the demand for drugs to be brought into the US. Good Riddance.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. tippy

    What a shame and a waste of beauty and talent. I knew that she probably died of a heart attack because drug abuse is very hard on the heart muscle. I remembered watching one of the entertainment news shows that her plastic surgeon refuses to perform a facelift because her stress test had showed heart disease
    .

    March 22, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. stpidni99er

    Stupidd ni99er

    March 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. PapaUmMaoMao

    Still doing lines when you're 40-something and beyond can be hazardous... if not fatal... to your health.

    Rest in Peace, Whitney... I am one of your many admirers.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • patmurphy1965

      not lines... the crack pipe!

      March 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ObamaIsGodAwful

    Are we allowed to say that, the truth, even if in vernacular? Los Angeles says no.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. JESUS

    LET HE WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. targetg@aol.com

    Followed that white line all way down the road.......

    March 22, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. no

    DUH.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Luger

    Too much money and too much fame for a ghetto girl who couldn't handle any of it. Sad, but very predictable.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Krimea River

    Rest in PEACH. Tracy?...sounds sticky sweet!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. patmurphy1965

    have you every been around someone using crack.. absolutely craziness and mayhem! they just can't put the pipe down... most crack addicts ended in prison or dead!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • alexandraatkins

      That is absolutely right I dealt with a parent with it and it's the worst thing ever. It's a shame her family didn't stop her the way they crying n boo hooing now.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bill

    Yeah and Ernest Hemingway died of a massive brain injury.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Bob

    Well....I stand justifed when I called her a crackhead...and now she died from it....I say it again, she's a dead crackhead....so, Christie, how's that flags at half staff feeling getting you now? Buttwipe....

    March 22, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      She died from an accidental drowning. Can you not read? Just because some one does drugs or has drugs in there system doesn't mean that is what killed them. Especially when the coroner says she drowned.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • GG

      Are you a jackazz or what?? Everyone has problems, issues or addictions. If she was WHITE, would you say the same thing?

      March 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. JimRocky

    MJ no big deal. Coke to go up and Xanax to come down.
    Benadril to stop the sniffing, and Flexaril so you can actually relax.
    They left out alcohol.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • patmurphy1965

      true; people that smoke crack do a lot of alcohol.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
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