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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Madonna stalker re-apprehended after escaping from mental hospital
Madonna has testified that Robert Hoskins repeatedly scaled the fence to her home and gave her nightmares.
February 10th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

Madonna stalker re-apprehended after escaping from mental hospital

[Updated at 1:42 p.m. ET] A man convicted of stalking singer Madonna was re-apprehended Friday in California, a week after he escaped from a southern California mental hospital, the Los Angeles Police Department told CNN.

Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, who once threatened to knife Madonna, was arrested in Long Beach, LAPD said. He walked away from Metropolitan State Hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk on February 3, police said.

[Initial post, 1:36 a.m. ET] A man convicted of stalking singer Madonna, and who once threatened to knife her, has escaped from a southern California mental hospital and is being sought by police.

Robert Dewey Hoskins, 54, walked away from Metropolitan State Hospital in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk on February 3, police said.

Hoskins had served a 10-year prison sentence for stalking the "Material Girl," police said.

"Hoskins is highly psychotic when not taking his medication and has very violent tendencies," Los Angeles police said in a statement. "The public is being warned to notify police immediately if he is found, and to not engage him on their own."

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