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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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310 COMMENTS

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31.

Steven    

She WAS "the greatest love of all" b4 she got "Emotional"...She was already GONE even b4 she DIED...The drugs took over and she wasnt ever the same after that, couldnt ever sing like she used to and all the rest of it..

881 days ago
32.

nZee    

Wasn't there a statement, that there wasn't enough water in her lungs to possibel drown of it?!

881 days ago
33.

Mokie    

I'm old, seen it all, the people i saw doing coke during my time were all gone before age 50. However, all the herb smokers seem to be alive and kicking.

881 days ago
34.

justme    

So you were WRONG when you chose to write the cause of death as Prescription drugs!
See what happens when you write an article before you know the FACTS! You put out FALSE information! You should be ashamed!

881 days ago
35.

Walter    

geeze all you had to do was ask her psychic aunt Dionne Warwick

881 days ago
36.

Celtic Storm    

After watching TMZ Live with all your questions of what happened to any evidence of cocaine use... first thing I thought of was that she had a long history of drug use. There's no doubt in my mind that she would have been a master at hiding it.

881 days ago
37.

forreal    

I don't profess to know anything about drowning. But how does an adult drown in a bathtub? Even if you faint, wouldn't the water "revive" you? Or did she have a heart attack, try to get out of the tub, but was rendered unconscious by the heart attack? Very weird.

881 days ago
38.

dsa    

another hollywood druggie... good riddance!

881 days ago
39.

Phreaky    

Her family will never accept this and will start wild speculation now, "she was drugged" "someone spiked her food" etc... It's too bad, they need to be busy honoring her memory instead of pointing fingers.

881 days ago
40.

Tony the Giant    

Stop liyen, I don't believe Whitney had coke in her system. And why did it take you so long to find that out? Stop taking up for her little Miss Bad Seed daughter, and Nick Gordon. How much did they pay you to say that. The walls got ears, I know you've been hearing us talking about that little spoil sport.

881 days ago
41.

Christina G.    

I guess her cocaine stash got up and walked itself out of her hotel room before the cops arrived.

881 days ago
42.

jamie    

WOW

881 days ago
43.

Jeffrey moseley    

Well now we know and can let her rest in peace. We all have struggles in life. Please remember she gave us all some great music.Now we must ask God to keep her 19yr old baby girl free of this thing called cocaine..RIP Nippy gone but not forgotten...love ya girl.New Jersey rules

881 days ago
44.

Phreaky    

Wasn't there a report on TMZ right after it happened that said the coroner had told the family from the preliminary tests that she didn't have enough water in her lungs to have drowned? So now they say the cause is accidental drowning, how does that work?

881 days ago
45.

Chuck D of Valpo    

Houston, you had a problem.

881 days ago
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