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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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16.

Liz    

It only said there was evidence of cocaine, not that she died of a cocaine overdose. Cocaine can be detected in a person's system up to 3 days after use. People should stop jumping to conclusions about her death and just let her go in peace without negative comments. It is those comments that kept her sick in the first place. Maybe have more compassion for those with addiction issues.

760 days ago
17.

KenzieQ    

She prob had a cocaine induced seizure and fell into the tub, I wonder if she just fell on the floor if she would have survived. ~ RIP Whitney

760 days ago
18.

Rebekkah    

THE BASTARDS THAT POST ON HERE HAVE GOT TO BE THE MOST RACIST SOBs I HAVE EVER SEEN AND HEARD IN MY LIFE. MAY SOMETHING HORRIBLE HAPPEN TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!

760 days ago
19.

MIKE    

Her "people" probobly hid the cocane that was in the room?

760 days ago
20.

dd    

Well of course they didn't find any it was already cleaned up!

760 days ago
21.

mzoctober    

This is another ILLUMANTI cover up!

760 days ago
22.

BoilingBleach    

Cocaine in her system? The hell you say? Well, my mind is officially "blow"n.

760 days ago
23.

LadyN    

if she had recently taken cocaine, which is a stimulant, then how did she simply drown peacefully? She would have been flailing around, I would think. None of those people there heard a thing? My brother in law, when he snorts coke, can't stop moving and can't sleep for days. There is no mention of any other drug in her system so...how does one "accidentally drown" unless one is passed out? This is a confusing report.

760 days ago
24.

menfan    

No matter what you think of her this is really sad.

760 days ago
25.

Buckaroobonzai    

In America, everyone has the right to be junky

760 days ago
26.

What a Shame!     

what Whitney did in her life was up to her NOT US, but the MEDIA put it all out there for us to see & judge. IF this was about me or you then it would NOT be on the internet for others to read about. no matter what Whitney died of she was a talented person and had a voice like NO OTHER.

So sit back and let the judging begin as most of you are HYPOCRITES because i bet most of you either do drugs or drink a lot. so really people ? WE ARE ALL ONLY HUMAN BEINGS... WE ARE ALL MADE OF FLESH,BONES AND BLOOD... WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES BECAUSE WE WERE BORN TO.... LEAVE THE LADY ALONE TO REST IN PIECE ALREADY..... DAMN

760 days ago
27.

And another thing!    

Man, She had to have done a boat load of blow to cause that kind of heart damage at her age.

760 days ago
28.

SickofRacistBloggers    

You people posting here are sick!! This woman had a problem, a disease cause by the pressures of entertaining your asses and the media. How many people commenting smoke cigarettes? Drink every weekend? If so, you are NO better than her. If you are, quit right now because that's killing you. Don't be a fiend...put the damn drink down! smdh

760 days ago
29.

al baby    

Sorta vindicates John and Ken

760 days ago
30.

VictoriaGirl    

Of course investigators didnt find evidence of cocaine in the room, her "people" went up and got rid of all the illegal drugs before calling 911.

760 days ago
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