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. sistersolja

    NO ONE WILL EVER HAVE FUNERAL COVERAGE FOR THE WORLD TO SEE! NO ONE! AND in a BLACK CHURCH! YAYYY! Proves that WHITNEY was the best there was! Haters, continue to hate – Whitney can't hear your evil spews of saracasm! HA!

    March 22, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Isaac

      That's right. Because she killed herself by being a crackhead.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dredd

    but don't you dare call her a crack ho!

    what-ev!

    March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Polar Bear

    Right. And all of those loving, grieving people close to her all over the news knew nothing about it nor did anything about it! Pathetic enablers.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • joe ott

      SHE WAS NOT A HERO.........BUT A VERY GIG ZERO

      March 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. lsrrynickie

    MMMmmmm...Drugs........yes.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Trent

    A drug addict dies of a drug overdose....and this is news?

    March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Billie

    What a waste of a great talent and a beautiful woman. I am so sorry for her and her family that she was never able to gain control of her drug addiction. Seems like she had everything to live for, but I am assuming when drugs take over your life, they are your life. Hope her daughter is able to recover from this loss and move forward.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kaci

      Her talent wasn't wasted. She gave the music world and fans ALL of her talent. Just like your end is coming, her end came when it was supposed to. She didn't keep her talent from the world, so it was never wasted.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. TriXen

    It's terrible to see how she destroyed herself like that. Too bad...

    March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. GoneIn6

    Adam
    The drowning because she was in the bathtub when she became unconscious as a side effect of the medication. It's not about big pharma. It's about common sense.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John

    Who Cares??

    March 22, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. babby

    cool

    March 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Patty

    Cocaine? Really? I'm flabbergasted!

    March 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff_S

    Crack is Whack y'all 🙂

    March 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Isaac

    Raise your hand if you're not surprised

    March 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Timothy

    Who Cares? Everyone already knew this news. What a life wasted in such a pathetic way.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. open400

    Why does the general public need to know this?

    March 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sparky

      So little kids everywhere know not to swim for a few hours after doing an 8 ball.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Yakobi

      Because the L.A. county coroner is a public employee and the police were investigating whether any foul play was involved.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Like a BOSS

      Cause there is a lesson to be learned here. Drugs are bad mmmkay!

      March 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      People want confirmation of how she died of her own stupidity.

      March 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earthling

      You clicked to read it.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Earthling

      Why is that a good question to ask?

      March 22, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
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