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. Jeannie

    God rest her soul, I pray she is at piece. Talent/to great to put to words. She is truly in a better place.(Safe).

    March 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Johnson

    R.I.P Whitney. We still love you and loath Bobby Brown who dragged you down to his gutter.

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

      Uh, last I checked she was alone when she died...
      And, what kind of idiot takes that many drugs at once and then gets in a bathtub.... alone!!!

      March 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. whocares3210

    tragic and sad, but not a shock.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chiampou

    Crack Ho

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

    Really Drudge Report? Cocaine didnt kill her, She killed herself by being stupid enough to take too much of it.
    Its not the drug its the user

    March 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. eric

    I heard there was a huge line at her funeral.

    Unfortunately this is also what killed her.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Barry bin Inhalin

    Bee F Dee.

    Buh bye.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    We all make choices in life, and she made some bad choices that eventually killed her.She did it to herself nobody forced the coke up her nose. How the Governor of New Jersey ordered flags at half staff for he I'll never know.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Reemo

    I'm trying to figure out how the cocaine use was "contributary" to her death. Drowning usually needs no assistence in killing. So, what, did the drowning only kill her 90% of the way and then the cocaine kicked in and finished the other 10%?

    March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • EveryWoman

      It's the coroners way of writing history in a positive light for the benefit of her estates publicist.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. yeah I believe that

    Yeah It was the illegal stimulant that caused her to fall asleep, not the two legal sedatives.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DrugsLive

    Nose candy was her game

    March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EveryWoman

    Yeah ... Elvis died of a heart attack and Michael Jackson was murdered. With celebs it's always a defensible death on paper, never quite their fault. Our local news would have reported any of us "no names" as having died from drug use.

    March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. tom-tom

    Another star dies because of drug abuse ... ho-hum ... What else is new?

    March 22, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jb

    Christie should not have lowered the flag for this crackhead. Honors are for service to the nation. Grammys are for self-service.

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

      I agree.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Christie had the intelligence to recognize Whitney's talent and the impact of her music on the world. Houston's substance abuse doesn't eradicate her her musical contributions. Christie did the same for Clarence Clemmons who also had drug issues. By the way, flying flag at half-staff is NOT and has NEVER been only for the those heroically serving our country.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Too bad no one will ever fly a flag for you.

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

    And the undue speculation continues...@chronic and others. Wake up people and stop being biased. The coroner's report says the Flexeril, marijuana, Xanax and Benadryl DID NOT contribute to her death! The PRIMARY causes were drowning, heart disease and cocaine. How convenient to leave out drowning and heart disease.

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

      She was set up by illuminati. they killed her so dont believe the lies peope

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

      No one is leaving it out. She died cause of the dope. How many people die from drowing in the tub? Probably not many except the dope heads.

      March 22, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
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