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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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61.

Marie    

So sad that cocaine destroyed her life. She just could not make herself stop snorting that white powder. She was a very sick woman. A lot of people tried to help her but it was all in vain in the end.

856 days ago
62.

manbearpig    

big surprise they found cocaine in her system. she spent the last 15 years or more of her life fully loaded.

856 days ago
63.

CloBird    

From CNN, a better source for news:
The cause of singer Whitney Houston's death was drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use," the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Thursday.

She was found dead last month in the bathtub of her hotel room in Beverly Hills, California.

The manner of death was listed as an "accident."

Cocaine and metabolites were identified and contributory to her death, the report said.

Other drugs identified in Houston's body were marijuana, alprazolam (Xanax), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl), but they "did not contribute to the death," the report said. Flexeril is a muscle relaxant, and Benadryl is an allergy medicine.

No trauma or foul play is suspected, the report said. The final coroner's report will be available within two weeks, the coroner's office said.

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/22/coroner-drowning-heart-disease-cocaine-use-killed-houston/?on.cnn=1

Whitney Houston did not die of an overdose, or from multiple drug toxicity. Houston died because of a diseased heart. Past drug use contributes to heart disease as well as diet and smoking. A person with a diseased heart doesn't need to take much cocaine to seriously effect heart rate, heart beat rhythm, changes in the arteries that can lead to clotting, heart attack. Whitney Houston's heart stopped, she lost consciousness and fell into the tub where she drowned.
Sad story, but not an unfamiliar one for medical examiners.

856 days ago
64.

MsMaribel    

OK I think Ray J mighta hid whatever that remained of the cocaine - RIP Whitney - Please guide Bobbi Kristina so that she doesn't marry the "adopted" brother

856 days ago
65.

star    

still so sad

856 days ago
66.

SureThing    

It was obvious from the start that someone cleaned up the room before the cops got there.

856 days ago
67.

tata    

I hate when people say, what a waste. she did more in her short time here than most of you. 70% of the people alive are wastes, and will still be wastes when they die.

856 days ago
68.

anonymous    

SHOCKER!!! Dear Whitney Houston's family, SHE WAS AN ADDICT, USED DRUGS AND LIED TO YOU ALL. SHE WAS NOT MURDERED. ACCEPT THE TRUTH AND GET OVER YOURSELVES.

856 days ago
69.

ursula    

well for one whitney didnt die no 20 y ago and (2) nobody black or white can touch her when it comes to singing and just because they said she had drugs in her don't make it ture ,and there's no need to call names how many white and black ppl do drugs in your family ?Not one of you can sit and jugde her or anybody for that matter she did wat she wonted to do with her life and since yall are trying to be jesus and or a judge do you know all the good thing's she have done no im sure you don't all yall care is about wat mistakes she mad and plz stop making like yall naver made any.for as who cares alot of ppl care speak for your self .WHO WOULD CARE IF YOU DIE ?

856 days ago
70.

rw    

R.I.P. Whitney. I hope you are in a better place.

856 days ago
71.

Nigel    

Surprise surprise, and Queen Elizabeth wears diamonds.

856 days ago
72.

JustSayin    

Hmm well im sure there was no peer pressure there.. Whitney is a grown woman it would be awfully silly to investigate this anymore than it really needs to be (although we all know the people she hung with, and the ones she was with that night was more than likely on the same stuff). A woman her age should know right from wrong and whats good for ya and whats not!! Obviously she seen nothing wrong with anything she was taking !!

856 days ago
73.

hvespucci    

hmmmm sketchy

856 days ago
74.

Warren    

Now that is a shock!

856 days ago
75.

oscar valiente    

GOOD RIDANCE!!!

856 days ago
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