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. sunshinemom

    that is seriously disturbing and you must be a real POS

    March 23, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  2. sunshinemom

    she was a talented and beautiful women who became an addict , I know first hand and lost someone I loved and shared my life with ... It is sad , very sad and difficult for the people that love them , it is no joke and a serious problem people try to fight everyday .

    March 23, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • B e a r c a t

      whit was a bigoted angry drug addict and alcoholic who wanted to die as she was unloved.

      March 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomicT

    Cocaine, Pot,! She must've hit rock bottom! Wasn't she going on national TV later that day? May god bless her soul.

    March 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. B e a r c a t

    Whitney choose to dance with the devil and now the dead druggie can dance forever in Hell with satan.

    March 23, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. B e a r c a t

    snort away Bobby is coming soon. Coke killed her no big deal.

    March 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • elaine51

      You have a very sick mind. Whatever she was she's gone now. Why do you feel the need to bash her? Shame on you

      April 3, 2012 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  6. B e a r c a t

    all the chemicals in Whitney she didn't need embalmed. If they tried to cremate her she would have blown the place up. Glad to see her go nothing but a worthless bigoted druggie.

    March 24, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dyward

    Just a few question and points....
    1. I believe she would have never come off of drugs as long as you continue to have her current staff around her- her manager/sister-n-law (Pat), her brother, (Gary), and her bodyguard (Ray) – and anyone else – she needed to clean house including them.
    2. Reports were that she was found face down in the tub – how could that be – are they assuming she slipped and fell – if so were there any bruises?
    3. Just before her death – she ordered room service pictures confirmed – a hamburger, fries, a turkey sandwich, a Heineken can and an empty Champagne glass – doesn't seem like two people were there? If so who?
    4. According to her interview – her manager Pat had gone all day without talking to her on this very busy and important day? She admitted that Whitney had tried to call her several times but she didn't answer – What manager of a superstar entertainer like Whitney does that? Why would she do that?

    The list of questions about this death could go on and on – like who supplied the cocaine on that day and where are the remnants of it?

    March 24, 2012 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • crgib

      I totally agree Dyward. Seems suspect to me that her manager/sis-n-law, would not answer her calls on such an important day. If I was her Mom, I would ask for an investigation. They never said she had a "real" heart attack.

      April 4, 2012 at 3:28 am | Report abuse |
  8. johnny h.

    why are we making her out to be a great person, she was a BUM, drug addict loser, what about the people fighting for this country, hear nothing about people are insane

    March 25, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      Sick, isn't it?

      March 25, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pat

    Well actually Bodyguard was Kevin Costners movie. She co-starred. Lets not forget she was a drug addict. Show me the receipts!!!! Where are the receipts???!!! She won't be missed.

    March 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan

    Whitney had the time of her life in a motel bathtub high on coke and drunk as a skunk. Way to go! What a rock star! She was so in debt her family will get jack for years. Apparently her crazy daughter can talk to her spirit, LOL! She musta' been a crack baby to believe that!

    April 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • elaine51

      Why do you even care about Whitney Houston. Obviously, she wasn't one of your favorite persons. Would you want somebody to talk about someone in your family like that?

      April 3, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dan

    Once you run out of money nobody misses you... it's best you just drink a little more and make a nice hot bath and go too sleeee ..eee..p...

    April 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan

    She shoulda' had the guts to stick around and make a comeback so people could make money on her again and she could blow it all on drugs again. Yeah, that woulda' been so much better.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    Her crazy crack-baby daughter says she talks to her spirit. She must be possessed by a demon from her mommies voodoo curse to be hearing voices and satan talking to her. Everyone knows the dead can't talk to the living LOL! She must be under allot of stress with her junkie mother dead and all, I mean to hear voices is pretty much a psychotic break, unless she's on drugs too. Then she would be a little junkie just like her dead mommy.

    April 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  14. elaine51

    That's the reason the world is the way it is today. No compassion, understaning about the disease of addiction. Do you think she wanted to be a addict. She got caught up like so many other people in this world.. Tha't no reason to bash her. May be you could use a little spiritual guidance.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. crgib

    I'll always love you Whitney! God Bless Cissy and Bobbi Kristina. He will keep them and watch over them too all for you Whitney.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
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