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Whitney Houston

Cocaine in System

At Time of Death

3/22/2012 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Whitney Houston had cocaine in her system when she died -- this according to the L.A. County Coroner.

The L.A. County Coroner has just released the singer's official cause of death -- accidental drowning ... but the report also notes heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors to Whitney's demise.

Officials say Houston also had traces of marijuana in her system ... as well as Xanax (anxiety medication), Flexeril (muscle relaxer) and Benadryl (allergy medication).

A source connected to the investigation tells us it is "very possible" Whitney had a heart attack that caused her to lose consciousness and drown. The heart attack may have been triggered by hardening of the arteries as a result of cocaine use.

As we previously reported, Whitney was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel last month and several pills were found on the scene -- including Xanax, Ibuprofen, and Midol.

Investigators found NO EVIDENCE of cocaine in the hotel room.

Law enforcement sources have told us from the beginning they did not suspect foul play -- and believe her death was not a homicide.

Her family however had doubts about Whitney's demise -- suggesting there may have been foul play.

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3:01 PM PST -- The Houston family has released a statement which says, “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure.” 

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1.

Frankthepotatoman    

Cocaine hurts happy potatoes.

892 days ago
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Slomoshun    

Good god, we're still talking about her? Who careees!

892 days ago
3.

Linda    

Doesn't surprise me! What a waste!

892 days ago
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Lena    

uh ..yeeeaaaah this is NOT news..

892 days ago
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FallenAngel    

I am *shocked*! She was partying before the Grammy's and there was cocaine in her system! *sarcastic stare*

892 days ago
6.

oleman    

wow, i'm shocked!!! no way, cocaine in her system?

892 days ago
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Ashley    

Duh!!!

892 days ago
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MasktRacer    

Why doesn't the LAPD ask Ray J where the cocaine came from?? Our anyone of her leeches of a family???? Seriously, it doesn't take Monk to track down a lowlife drug dealer. Time to make an example of the drug connections in Hollywood.

892 days ago
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EmilyAnn    

CRACK IS WHACK!

892 days ago
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Perra Sucia    

What a loser! she was such a talented singer and she trow her life away on drugs!

892 days ago
11.

TMZISAPIECEOFSHIT    

C'mon, is anyone honestly shocked...NO!!

892 days ago
12.

newrkv    

SURPRISE!!!!! not.....

892 days ago
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rob    

I'm not surprised by this considering that everyone knew she relapsed again in 2011. Poor women!

892 days ago
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Ali    

Didn't the coroner originally say there wasn't enough water in her lungs to rule it a drowning?

892 days ago
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Errand Wolfe    

Metabolites doesn't necessarily mean cocaine in the bloodstream. It means the byproduct of cocaine breakdown through the liver is present. Normally cocaine will be detectable for about 2 days. A heavy user maybe a bit more, however its not like THC (weed) which is fat soluble and can stay in your fat cells and slowly be released out slowly for a month or more if you are a heavy smoker.

I can't believe the dude with the long blond hair didn't know this stuff. That dude's had to pass a piss test before.

892 days ago
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