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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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196.

hotmail.com    

i do not care what they found. If her staff was there doing their job she would not be dead. period

907 days ago
197.

people please    

Well, it is funny how all is bashing her, but cocaine is one of many factors, nobody says anything is wrong with all the rock and rollers that stay high when they perform so what is the diffrence she is a human being just like the rest, she chose her activites of choice, and that do not make her anymore less talented then the next. She made her money and if she wanted to waste it. It is her choice. I dont understand why people are so ignorant to this, nothing for nothing thank your politicians for being sneaky and doign the under cover deals to get the drugs in the country. Oh my bad as long as the rich dont get caught it does not matter

907 days ago
198.

IAFemale    

Just Because It Was 'In Her System', Don't Mean A Damn Thing! Her Killer Could Have Took Advantage Of Her While She Was Already High. Him/Her Thinkin/Knowin People Would Believe It Was An Overdose. Killers Are Gettin Smarter Nowadays. I Feel Sorry For These Celebs, They're All Gonna Cross Over From The Dead, And Haunt/Taunt The CA Police, Because They're NOT DOIN THEIR JOB RIGHT !!!! Smh.

907 days ago
199.

God-Of-Lyf    

WELL DUH!

907 days ago
200.

Kevin    

Addiction is a heartless, souless killer that effects thousands every year...whether the addiction is alchohol, drugs...whatever. It is an equal opportunity destroyer. It doesn't matter about your race, profession, age or economic standing...it kills indiscriminately. But there is hope...Reach out! Get help!! Its the only way!!

907 days ago
201.

fay    

Strange how there was pictures taken of a Beer can in Houston's room but no alcohol was found in her system after dying ? Who was in the room ? Who drank the beer ?

907 days ago
202.

Rivera    

No surprise... the woman is a sloppy drug addict.

907 days ago
203.

Faye    

Cocaine?? I'm shocked.... *Sarcasm

907 days ago
204.

Riann    

Leolah Brown was talking really reckless, she made some serious accusations in regards to RayJ and Patricia Houston & family. She needs to redirect her anger elsewhere perhaps she should just have a long talk with God cause' that's about all that going to be able to help her pain. If I were RayJ and Patricia Houston she would be lookin at me inside of a court room. She was way out of line. Ray-J don't let her get away with that. The Brown family was being real messy on the Dr. Drew show.

907 days ago
205.

Riann    

Leolah Brown was talking really reckless, she made some serious accusations in regards to RayJ and Patricia Houston & family. She needs to redirect her anger elsewhere perhaps she should just have a long talk with God cause' that's about all that going to be able to help her pain. If I were RayJ and Patricia Houston she would be lookin at me inside of a court room. She was way out of line. Ray-J don't let her get away with that. The Brown family was being real messy on the Dr. Drew show.

907 days ago
206.

Silverado Mom    

Sad and unfortunate. Hope the same doesn't happen with her daughter.

907 days ago
207.

Jordan_River    

Poor Bobbi Kristina...I would be so devastated to know that my mom drowned. Drowned! If Mary and Pat had not gone shopping for the candle infomercial Mary would have probably heard or seen her fall in the tub. Mary is the one that brought her the food into the bathroom before she left for only 30 minutes...

Ugh! Well...I believe she is in Paradise now with the Lord. I believe it in my heart. Aunty Nippy!!

907 days ago
208.

Jordan_River    

On another note...Ray J is acting scared because he was seen out with Whitney on the 9th of Februrary...2 days before she died. People are saying he used to supply her with the cocaine...I think there's some truth to it and that's why he was all devastated holding the coffin and screaming at the funeral...also he arrived to her hotel right away the day she died on the 11th and said..."Whitney dead, we all gotta live with that!"

Live with what?? The fact that you gave her cocaine 2 days prior?? Why is he so guilty??

He was quick to come out today and make a statement that he didn't know she was using cocaine. See article below:

http://www.taletela.com/news/14352/ray-j-i-had-no-idea-whitney-houston-was-using-cocaine

Attached is a photo of him and Whitney Feb 9th, 2 days before she died.

I really wanna see the toxicology report for myself because I feel like LAPD is twisting the story. I don't believe her cocaine use was acute. Not at all...

907 days ago
209.

Jordan_River    

YOUNG people in and out of America's hospitals come in with "active" cardiac events ALL THE TIME having a heart attack and their last use of cocaine is usually 72 hours prior. Whitney Houston was waaay to young to have 60% narrowing...that is the direct effects of cocaine and its vasoconstrictive properties which causes artherosclerosis.

Furthermore I do not believe she had just done cocaine that morning...i.e no illicit drugs were found in her room.
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-Cocaine increases the demand for oxygen, as it increases heart rate and blood pressure.

"The long-term effect is that cocaine causes the heart to be enlarged, which increases the risk of sudden death," Fishbein said. "It also causes scarring in the heart, which increases the risk of a sudden cardiac death, and it causes accelerated atherosclerosis, or a hardening of the arteries, which we associate with high blood pressure and smoking."

When occlusion in the arteries reaches 75 percent narrowing, it is typically considered dangerous, but, Fishbein says, 60 percent occlusion for a woman of 48 is above average.

Repeated cocaine use has been proven to raise the risk of heart attack risk, according to a 2008 report from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Ten percent of heart attacks in people 18 to 45 years old were associated with more than 10 uses of cocaine over their lifetime.-

Sad...in medicine, this is what we call a "preventable death."

907 days ago
210.

Tony the Giant    

To make it in show business. You've gotta be very conservative. You gotta have discipline. You gotta know how to ward yourself from these demons.
But women won't listen. They just melt away, when a man comes into her life. (Crutty or not) She just keeps the clock going.
And as long as women think like that. It ain't nothing nobody can do about it.
Just like when parents try to talk to their kids. Boys will listen, girls won't. Some nasty talking little btchs too.

907 days ago
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