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. Stephen K.

    Drugs!! Imagine the stunned and shocked reactions on Oprah.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Darryl Vincent

    Who's Whitney Houston?

    March 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. illuminatifreemason

    R.I.P.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DebbieDeb

    This to shall past my sister, you are at rest now and.don't have to prove nothing to anyone, I will really miss your singing from the heart ..

    March 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. James Crow

    With those shotgun barrel nostrils that ape could hoover an eight ball in one snort.

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

    How Sad. The best thing her daughter could do is to set up a foundation to fight against drug abuse in her mother's name. Bet, it probably won't happen.....

    March 22, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe Peluso

    Cocaine, alcohol and prescription medications plural. She was doing everything!!!!! Gee what a suprise!

    March 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Andrew

    Wait, a celebrity? I care? Oh right, I don't....

    March 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CITIZEN WISDOM

    AN ENTERTAINER ABUSING DRUGS.

    THE NEXT THING THEY'LL BE TELLING US IS THAT POLITICIANS LIE.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      John Edwards didn't lie! Barack Obama didn't isn't won't lie. Pfffssst. Wake up America!!

      March 22, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. gutsygirl

    Beauty, talent, wealth, health, beloved...she had it all... and squandered it away, selfishly.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trish

      Her daughter is not wanting for nothing. You didn't try to lend a helping hand, so what's your concern, really?

      March 22, 2012 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  11. David

    She was a great talent, not a wasted life.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BOMBO ©

    Still not as bad as how Bon Scott died. Choking on his own vomit.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Krimea River

    Looks like Whitney Houston is cool again now....literally!!

    March 22, 2012 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ramrod

    QED. Surprise!

    Not.

    March 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DJ5

    Clearly, the blame here rests with bathtubs, especially bathtubs loaded with water. We need to ban bathtubs now! Showers are fine, but who really needs a bathtub in this day and age? How many more senseless deaths will it take before we demand congress pass legislation banning bathtubs once and for all?

    March 22, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
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