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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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we show all remanber that No one is above GOD, what every happend time with come for all men to give account to GOD. what he or she had done with his or her lifes, therefore no mane juged lifes.

953 days ago


I dont believe it. Show me the receipt! Ha Ha " crack is wack " RIP HOUSTON.

952 days ago

newport nc    

its very sad this tragedy happened---but noone but Whitney houston put the drugs in her system---she is sadly gone and a lost cause i think the family needs to put thier attention and energy into her daughter and help her before she ends up with the same demise---its time for them to stop acting like there isnt a problem and curtail it now while it is in its infancy before bobbi kristina is 40 years old and its too late----and that is the best message to send to kids clean up or this is where you will end up---they should have left her daughter see he mother in that tub maybe she would have woken up and realized she doesnt want that to be her fate

952 days ago

Tracy Lalonde    

Well I am saddened to hear that! I thought that she "accidentally" took too many of her presription drugs eg Xanax mixed with alcohol. But to hear that there was cocaine in her system kind of changes the picture in my eyes-she never did battle that demon- sad!

952 days ago

Mrs. Gossip     

"Crack is whack, but Coke is dope!"

952 days ago


This is for everyone who doesn't understand what a medical examiner does.It is imperative to go over EVERYTHING before giving a final report on cause of death. The medical examiner did know that heart disease and drowning were factors in the death before the toxicology report came in. The medical examiner also knew of Houston's past history of addiction which is a cause of heart disease. In a thorough post mortem, blood and tissue are taken for toxicology and micros--microscopic study of tissue to find things not evident to the naked eye.
Cocaine is well-known to real doctors as causing cardiac events. Cocaine raises the blood pressure, causes constriction of arteries, which causes the heart to beat faster, harder and erratically, loosening plaque, the clots that cause a heart attack. This in turn causes unconsciousness, coma... lack of blood to the brain causes brain functions to fail, eventually to die. A person in such a state is medically unable to come out of such a state, so drowning is possible. Most people would be surprised at how common such a death can be.
Houston did not need to take large amounts of these medications and drugs to be incapacitated. Someone with heart disease just needs a very little cocaine to cause heart failure and arrest. So, it is always gambling when taking drugs, mixing medications. People must be careful when taking prescription medications because even mixing these pills with vitamin supplements can be deadly. And forget about taking street drugs! Addicts take illicit drugs as a source of self-medication, often making themselves worse. It doesn't matter if the drugs are legal or illegal; people need to wake up, be aware and take only the medications that are needed. People need to be aware of the side effects, the time limits of medications and this means researching, talking with the doctor, talking with the pharmacist and taking control of one's mental and physical health!

952 days ago

Team Kim    

She killed her because her daughter took all her coke!!

952 days ago


If chronic cocaine-use caused people to die in their bathtubs then we'd hear this happening every night on the news. Wake up, people - conspiracy, murder. Police dropped the ball big time, just because of her reputation (and race, of course), they jumped to conclusions. Now that they don't find enough prescription narcotics, they're pinning it on cocaine, and traces of marijuana and a bad heart. How blind are you people, or is it that you don't WANT to see, and are more comfortable believing in fantasy?

952 days ago


Why are people blaming Ray J and Bobby ?

952 days ago


It is said that she died so young. It's a shame. There is no reason to debate or speculate what she dies from. It is obvious she was still using drugs. Cocaine is not a drug that stays in your system for weeks it goes away in a few days so obviously she was still on drugs when she died. You don't find traces of cocaine in a non-drug user. Also when you combine cocaine and weed with Xanax (same thing as a tranquilizer) that is very relaxed do you need to be? That is a very scary thought and truly Sad.

952 days ago



952 days ago

u iz a cutiepie    

anyone who knows anything in that LA scene knows Ray j is a complete drug bag. He scored the sh*t for her everytime she came down to tha city....aint that right Ray GaY? U goin down boy

952 days ago

Troy Teixeira    

We all new that she went downhill after getting involved with that loser Bobby Brown. Its too bad. She had a lot of talent and she threw her life away and chose drugs. Death is the price you pay for playing with fire.

952 days ago

The colld part about it half you talking about her are crack heads to using right now while your talking about her or your folks in your family that's using you say what a waste she did do something with her life some of u are just here taking up air that's it go accomplish half the **** she did while u talking.

952 days ago

Tony the Giant    

Whitney ain't did nothing w/ her life. She's a flip flopper. Do you see Oprah flip flopping? Oprah's a soldier for real. A very conservative and versatile woman. She don't let no man bring her down. She goes the course alone. But that's how you gotta be. And not trying to be all hip with the game. And letting these ole scruggs cut your life, with drugs and violence. When you don't really want to. Yo bagg, you know what I'm saying? For inviting trash into your life. So Whitney hasn't done anything with her life. But soak up a dirty sponge. Instead of trying to soak up the sun. You understand what I'm saying? LIke I'm saying, you can't tell women nothing. They won't listen. Their prerogative is that, they are gonna do as they please, just like that spoil sport daughter of her. And don't care how nobody feels about it. Talking is useless. You're wasting your time. Until their funeral comes up.

951 days ago
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