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. Sandy

    Her family, friends, manager's all knew exactly what she was doing......they are all responsible.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nancy Paxton

      No, sadly she was responsible.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. curt

    Legalize Marijuana!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. GoneIn6

    and the stupidity continues.
    Everyone's an armchair coroner.
    There can be multiple contributing factors to a primary cause of death.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Connor

      a dead junkie is a dead junkie is a dead junkie

      March 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Toltec

    Dear God! So I assume she smoked marijuana, took Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl to come off the Cocaine, resulting in her passing out and drowning. Heavens to Mercutroid...where were her handlers when she was smoking and popping pills? Perhaps she used the same methods before, using downers to come out of her Cocaine high but this time her luck ran out. No matter how rich you are, how famous, you are still a human being who chose to ruin your life and that of your family. RIP Whitney...God does not allow drugs in Heaven.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mike Connor

    another dead junkie, who gives a fig!

    March 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. us395

    So John and Ken were right after all.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. donita allen

    RIP whitney. I feel you sister. I am a 55 yr old addict and there but the grace of god go I.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Smelly Hippie

    I am happy she is dead. I will go to New Jersey and take a dump on her grave.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lisette Garvin

    I knew she drowned!! I just glad that we have her music to always enjoy. I hope her daughter makes her mother proud.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike Connor

    another dead junkie, there are lots of those.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NoJunk

    What? R.I.P. Beautiful voice, beautiful lady. Bad associations R.I.P.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nancy

    Did anybody think how selfish she was..she had a daughter she drank and did drugs with.such a role model.

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

    elvis was the most notorious drug user of them all....yet almost 40 years later he is still worshipped by millions because the Music was good. what this woman did in her private life in no way reflects how great the music was and how much joy she brought to the world with her songs. how many of you out there had parents who doped and drank..but you still loved them for the most part.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Karl Quick

    Political Correctness kills:
    1st ... Honest communications
    2nd ...Truth
    3rd ... Politicians ...by making them all seem to be equally deceitful
    4th ... Singers, actors, lawyers, businessmen and many, many poor ...by making them think drugs are "no big deal"
    5th ... Hope ...by taking away the people we love.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tiffany

    She is an icon and legend to the drug-dealing world.

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