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. Nazi Pelosi

    Q. Hey what is six inches long and did not get sucked on Valentines day ?

    A. Whitney Houstons crackpipe

    March 22, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jim

    Nice load Whitney!!!
    Coke, weed, Zanex (thats probably what killed her) Flexoril.
    Maybe we should put the flags at 1/2 again

    March 22, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fauxhawk70

    This is terrible... I am sorry that this happened to such a talented woman. I guess one way or another you beat the addiction! What a role model! Congradulations Whitney you are 2 1/2 months sober!

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

    Old news, who cares! Just another entertainer who wasted majority of her life by abusing her body with DRUGS!!!!
    I guess she just couldn't say "no to drugs!" Let's now move on to real important news. It was a known fact she was a drug abuser and can't blame anyone but herself. This is no shocking news to anyone.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Climp Jones

    WOW big surprise.

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

    Crack ho

    March 22, 2012 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    How much tax payer money was spent to determine this?

    March 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. H

    They are just trying to cover up the fact that it was pharmaceutical drugs that killed her. According to the preliminary tests, they only mention benzos and not cocaine or marijuana. http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/02/whitney-houston-preliminary-autopsy-results-sedatives

    March 22, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. truthyo

    Only God judge her. shame on you all

    March 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. george p burdell

    Just another dead doper.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Teresa

    It is a shame what happened to whitney. i feel sorry for bobbie christina and cissy.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Julius

    And the world is better off with one less crack head.

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

    What was Whitney Houston's favorite movie?.....Waiting to Exhale.

    March 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. sabinabarnes

    For all those who pretended not to it no different than cig. It a addiction,she wasnt able to stop,or didnt want to stop. Rip whitney

    March 22, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Carly

    Didn't the earlier reports (immediately after her death) say that she did not drown because there was no water in her lungs to support a drowning claim?

    March 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
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