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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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181.

Luv    

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 17 helpful votes
But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Luke 17:1-3

1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 So watch yourselves.

861 days ago
182.

alex    

Please, there was foul play...she was speed-balling.

861 days ago
183.

Whateverbytch    

...cocaine is a helluva drug...

861 days ago
184.

Tony the Giant    

To Julie:
You took the words right out of my mouth. Hot baths does lower your blood pressure, and can cause dizziness. And that is probably just what happenned to Whitney. Especially if you are under nutritioned, Or haven't had anything to eat all day. You'll really get dizzy spells. I know I've been there before. If you're under nutritioned, from fasting, or because of an appetite problem. A hot bath will take you out. Take a cold bath.

861 days ago
185.

Stressfree    

Ppl need to sweep around they own front door b4 talking down on the next person even if they are dead. She was a person and I cared and do care. I just hate she wsnt strong enough to fight her demons. Its heartbreaking to see what she was and to see what she bacame. Im sure that troubled her too. And what is also whack dumb comments like she was lame and washed up. I personally pray 4 her and will remember Whitney at her best giving her best.

861 days ago
186.

Mis    

God. What a waste. Addiction is a sick disease, caused my father to Shoot himself last year. Just saying Addiction period, can ruin you at every turn if you give in.

861 days ago
187.

aradea    

Sorry to hear that...

861 days ago
188.

Sandra     

No surprise!! Whitney was a wasted drug addict!! Her talent was long gone and there is no way she was going to reinvent herself!!

861 days ago
189.

Dr.Dave    

This doesn't quite add up. If the cocaine had caused a heart attack (myocardial infarction), that should have been revealed at autopsy. Cocaine could cause an arrhythmia or a seizure, either one of which could caused her to lose consciousness and that might explain a drowning death. But it seems quite possible to me that, jacked up on cocaine, Houston might have taken large amounts of Benadryl, Flexeril, and Xanax to calm herself down and that combination might have cause her to pass out and drown. A normal person will not drown in the bathtub and a person high on cocaine is usually too wired to drown as well.

861 days ago
190.

Chan    

LISTEN UP PPL!! NO MATTER WHAT IF SHE WAS ON DRUGS OR NOT.. SHE CHOSE HER WAY OF LIVING WHY ARE YOU SO PISSED OFF AT HER! I MEAN REALLY REALLY!!!

We know now that she died from drugs I was hoping the toxicology would be different but this case nope! And I don't remember all this negativity surrounding Heath Ledger and Amy Whinehouse's deaths or even Brittany Murphy! She did drugs its the norm in hollywood WOWWZERSSS!!

YOU WANT SOMETHING TO BE MAD AT BE MAD AT THE FACT THAT WE HAVE CHILD PREDATORS LURKING AFTER OUR KIDS!! RAPISTS AND MURDERS LIKE George Zimmerman, whom are still allowed to walk the streets and follow unarmed teens because of their color and the fact they are wearing a hood and looks suspicious.. Be angry at that! Come on ppl WAKE THE HELL UP ALREADY!! WAKE UP!!

861 days ago
191.

Bob    

hmm cocaine.... so why did every news station cover a funeral of a junky that could sing. Doesn’t seem right but that is our society these days... sad.

861 days ago
192.

Pat    

First of all they did not prove it was drugs! They say first drowning and second maybe she had a heart attack. Come on people get smart here. She was not completely in the tub first of all. How did she die from drowning if she was not fully in the tub. So the autopsy report doesn't prove she died from drugs. So they are assuming this.

861 days ago
193.

DORIS    

My english is not very good, but I remember, that the Coroner haven`tfount wanter in her lounge. For cocaine and other drogs, I am not surprised. In Germany in the VIP Sciene it`sthe same. look, but don`t speak about.

861 days ago
194.

madmax    

Does this mean that ALL drug filth who kill themselves get flags flown at half mast. Or are just drug filth singers entitled. Perhaps you have to be drug filth, singer and black to receive this honor. What a bloody joke this all is.!!

861 days ago
195.

hotmail.com    

her bodyguard should have been by her side. i do not give a damn what she was on.

861 days ago
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