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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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Whitney had great talent, great looks and was predestined to become the (greatest) female pop singer of all times. She will be sorrily missed. Whitney got involved with the wrong people and therefore could never achieve what could have been hers in brackets.

891 days ago
47.

J.C.    

Family thinks there may be foul play?! She was a junkie. Sad, but true. She killed herself.

891 days ago
48.

Joe    

On that Oprah special, they said she was found face down in the tub. So she was probably standing next to it, lost consciousness, and fell in face first. It would be pretty unlikely for someone lying on their back in the tub to turn over.

891 days ago
49.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

If TMZ wants to talk about "as they reported" TMZ kept insisting it was Xanax and alcohol (their sources said the ME.told them that) Now they want to make up that she had a heart attack from cocaine, (sources say it's possible). You know what else is possible, TMZ? It's possible that she was exhausted (legitamately) and sedated and she fell asleep and drowned. Stop trying to throw **** around until you get something to stick. Did the autopsy report say she had a heart attack, if not, she didn't.

891 days ago
50.

Aaron    

I call bs on this report and autopsy.I'm thinking the coroner just said cocaine just because of past to get it over with quicker.I'm thinking pills and alcohol.The stories about her death changes all the time from who found her,where she was,was she in or out the tub,what she did or didn't drink, her behavior,and what was in her system.And the biggest one saying she DIDN"T have enough of water in her lungs to drown.Celebrity deaths always have 8 different versions.

891 days ago
51.

annie stu    

she had a heart attack from the coke,booze,end of story

891 days ago
52.

Justin    

Are we really shocked? I'm not. At least she's drug free now.

891 days ago
53.

nuffsaid    

The heart issue would of been seen in the initial autopsy but nothing was mentioned of that. Who is running this show???

891 days ago
54.

CloBird    

This isn't surprising at all. I suspected that a natural cause led to Houston's death. Heart disease can be exacerbated by cocaine use and even by prescription medications. Houston's past history of drug abuse and smoking are causes of heart disease.

891 days ago
55.

nuffsaid    

Wasnt it also reported that there wasnt enough water in her lungs to have killed her at the beginning of this??? hmmmm

891 days ago
56.

Brian Chapman    

Hmmmm So who in the family hid the coke before authorities arrived? Surely there was some evidence that was tampered with.

891 days ago
57.

FriskyBusiness    

@Blue Giant...When a coroner does a toxicology report on someone that takes several WEEKS for the results to come back. Real life isn't like CSI where you run a test and then you have the results 30 mins later. Things like that take time. Hell even fingerprint DNA takes time. When someone like Whitney tragically uses any lethal drug whether it be for cocaine or acid or whatever it takes a toll on your body. She probably DID have a heart attack but what most people fail to think about is that most women when they have a heart attack or stroke often the signs or symptoms of a heart attack or stroke are not as prevalent as with a male. It's rare for a woman to grab her chest or even say or do anything.

It's tragic how she died at such a young age and we should all look to her as an example of how toxic Hollywood can be on someones life.

891 days ago
58.

peoplearesilly    

Her family suggested no such thing about "murder." You did, on your site. And I haven't seen it on any other site. I saw the interview. THEY DID NOT make it sound like her being murdered. You are just making **** up.

891 days ago
59.

Cindy    

All that money and fame so many years of drug abuse. Sad life. She was a junkie.

891 days ago
60.

palermo    

Nothing surprising here. Sounds like the family is still in denial. For all we know one of them removed all evidence of cocaine in the room. Probably by using it themselves.

891 days ago
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