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Whitney Houston

Cocaine in System

At Time of Death

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

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.

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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I lived on Maui for 13 years. In 1996, I used to ahng out at World Cafe in Lahaina. Whitney, Bobby and the rest of their entourage were there. They were smoking joints, snorting coke off the table and putting a mysterious powder in their drinks. I was sitting 6 feet away and witnessed all of this first hand. There was an investigation by the liquor commission, since an inspector witnessed it too. World Cafe was fined and this contributed to it demise. Sound familiar?

881 days ago


live by the snort die by the snort

881 days ago


Ok.....its it very odd that the coroner report found no form of cocaine in her. There was only report of the legal meds that was found in her room, now all of a sudden cocaine and marijuana was found in her system.....I know a toxicology report goes deeper than a coroner exam...but come on....coroner reports are that shallow that this was not detected from day one.

881 days ago


How sad. What a waste!

881 days ago

velmar smith    

i'am very sad to know of how whitney houston died. but like said in some of my comments, WHITNEY DID NOT kill herself, first of all you did not find any COCAINE, or PARAPHERNALIA in her hotel room, only prescription medications we're found. a person is dead now thats is the end of the INVESTIgatION? patricia houston and her brother KNOWS what happen to her, please MRS CISSY HOUSTON have a second autopsy done your only daugther. i had a dream that someone shot some pure drugs in her system. so PLEASE have theses peoples INVESTIGATED, PLEASE W@HITNEY H. it NOONE ELSE RIP WHITNEY RIP LOV U VAL SMITH AND FAMILY!!!!!

881 days ago


And...Coke is it!

881 days ago

Tony C    

She loved her drugs more than family, friends, children and career. The fact she was a great singer did not excuse her from her life style.

881 days ago


It wasnt important enough to her to stay clean so her daughter would have her around. She had it all, except the backbone to stand up and be a sober mother.

881 days ago

George Vreeland Hill    

The report leaves out a great deal of information.
For instance, did her heart stop?
Did she stop breathing or pass out?
Did cocaine cause her to lose control?
If she was not in the tub, would she still be alive?
These questions need to be answered in the final report or the cause of death in incomplete.

George Vreeland Hill

881 days ago


Whitney had a facelift back in the 90's and she hasn't look like the Whitney I remember from the 80's. She was creepy looking to me.

881 days ago


RAY J GET A LAWYER..YOU JUST GOT OUTED ON DR. DREW,they say you were her runner not her lover...OUCH!

881 days ago


Just another druggie her stupid dope headed daughter will not be far behind.

881 days ago


They should rerun that Bobby Brown reality show so we can see again her classy self taking dumps with the bathroom door open and sweating 24/7 and telling her few remaining fans to get lost whenever they approached her. She lived like a pig, she died like a pig.

881 days ago

Madam Obvious    

The arteries in her heart had narrowed 60%? At age 48????? Hello, what is wrong with this picture? She must have been snorting container loads of the stuff to damage her heart that seriously at such a young age.

881 days ago


Something about this whole thing does not sound right. First this report is totally incomplete. By now they could tell us whether she had a heart attack before she drowned,if she was already dead when she went under water (as far as I remember the first report that came after the initial autopsy was that there was NO WATER IN HER LUNGS) so how is this now an accidental drowning????? If she had taken cocaine, any thorough investigator (police) would have found some sort of traces around in her room (where she took it) and lets assume she did take all those drugs (cocaine, marijuana, xanax, benydril etc.) did she take it while in the bathroom, or way before??? If before surely all those people that were present and suppose to look after her must have noticed her "state" and should have made double sure that she was not left alone to take a bath??? If she took it in the bathroom then the concentration of the drugs would have to be higher and the autopsy report could clear this up (but they did not say) as being dead the stuff remains in your system and cannot be metabolised) See all this vagueness makes you really wonder, what and who is hiding something here!

881 days ago
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