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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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76.

sharonmaclean    

she went back on cocaine i see. but her heart failed from long use of drugs. that is usually what kills you

755 days ago
77.

Sean    

Not sure why her family, or some in her family, are hinting towards possible foul play. Seriously, what would the motive be? She had a long history with drugs. Bobby Brown is just as bad, but I doubt he forced her into that lifestyle. I feel bad for their kid. She did not grow up in a good environment with two out of it parents who were never good role models. Yes, she was talented, but she enjoyed the high more than anything in her life during those times. These are the risks you take when you're addicted. Death is always closer by.

755 days ago
78.

china Doll    

What's unclear from the headline and the article is whether she was actively doing cocaine at the time of her death or whether prior cocaine use CAUSED the heart disease. Which was it?

755 days ago
79.

jck747    

So why did she drown? She had cocaine in her system but it apparently didn't cause her to have a heart attack.

755 days ago
80.

LLoyd    

YOU ll posting nasty comments here should all DIE a SLOW painful DEATH preferably cancer, your bodies left out to rot - EATEN BY DOGS and head straight to eternal inferno - YOU ALL WORTHLESS RETARDS!!

755 days ago
81.

fanspeed    

all you haters stop she was beautiful and talented. you are just jealous vause none of you are worthy to even look at a picture of her. wish you wouls all go away. We LOVED YOU Whitney.

755 days ago
82.

sue    

nooooooooooo!!!! ya think

755 days ago
83.

Tina    

Midol lol as in the menstrual cycle medicine?

755 days ago
84.

CloBird    

For those of you who don't know what a post mortem entails, here is a little head's up:
It is the medical examiner's job to take EVERYTHING into consideration, which means going over the physical autopsy, toxicology and MICROSCOPICS-- doctors take tissue samples from all organs and go over each sample in order to catch diseases that are mot always visible to the naked eye. The coroner probably knew the cause of death before hand, but it is the coroner's job NOT to release findings until the studies are complete!
The coroner may have let Houston's family know the preliminary findings, the reason why Dione Warwick said she believed a heart attack was the cause of her cousin's death.

755 days ago
85.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

TMZ is just making stuff up. The medical examiner can tell if somebody had a heart attack.

755 days ago
86.

Joe    

At least we are spared anymore of that caterwauling.

755 days ago
87.

Who Knew    

Wow what a suprise.

755 days ago
88.

Me    

I'm SHOCKED!!! NOT.....

755 days ago
89.

en Todo Momento!!    

yah, i bet the coroner can taste coke in the refrigerated corpse blood of any dead celebrity *wink wink*

755 days ago
90.

MIkedeezy    

Hello everybody.

755 days ago
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