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Whitney Houston

Cocaine in System

At Time of Death

3/22/2012 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.

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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Tay Tay    

What a life! Since the investigators found no drugs/Cocain in the room, somebody cleaned them up. And i strongly suspect his brother/Bodyguard Ray. A typical black family story. One successful child and a long list of enabling family members.

945 days ago


wait for a moment while I put on my shocked face ...
Where are all the people bitching about "dont rush to judgement, give the results a chance before assuming she was on drugs".
What do you have to say now, huh???

945 days ago


They didn't find cocaine in her room because what she didn't snort her handlers got rid of before the cops and medical teams arrived. She was a drug addict and that's what killed her.

945 days ago

vern dufford    

Any body who wants fame in the so called entertainment business these days is an...idiot!

945 days ago


She has been a coke-head for 20 years! Why is this news? When Bobbi Christina drops dead, let me know.

945 days ago

good as gold    

Toxicology tests confirm a ****tail of drugs including cocaine and traces of marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl. Add alcohol and a bad ticker and you get a dead drug addict trying to cope with being a washed up has been.

945 days ago

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Why is TMZ not reporting the weed, muscle relaxers, and benedryl in her system, because they might point to her falling asleep and where is the drama in that?

945 days ago

Kimmy Ef    

If she had a heart attack that caused her to drown, wouldn't the heart attack show on autopsy???

945 days ago


Poor woman she was really trying to get clean and in that interview with Oprah just a few years ago you could tell she was clean then and really trying her best. I really believed she could of been clean for good if she never had all these hangs on around her. All these so called friends she had where partying with her and taking her to clubs and bars if any of them where true friends they would of made sure she was away from these places. I know she was a grown woman responsible for her actions but she was a recovering addict that needed help. Really sad that this could of been prevented. RIP Whitney.

945 days ago


The autopsy would show if she had a heart attack. So why would a source say it's "very possible" Whitney had a heart attack?

945 days ago

Tay Tay    

Can Somebody shout RAY J and her Brother/bodyguard RAY!

945 days ago


Wow! I'm sad all over again, not the news I wanted to hear and now accept. Drugs were her fate. The pain continues.
"My soul is anchored in the Lord"

945 days ago


The toxicology report said she had xanax(anti anxiety), flexeril(muscle relaxer), and benadril (allergy), plus marijuana. All of those meds cause drowsiness. She may have fallen asleep and drowned.
I'm a big guy and have taken those...let me tell you that flexeril alone made me fall asleep. the others made me drowsy.
Sure, the cocaine use and heart disease were contributorsbut it's odd that tmz left out all of the facts in favor of speculation of heart attack.

945 days ago


Please, cut the bull. Her family was with her and knew what she was doing all while she was in LA They knew what was going down, and just couldn't stand up to her.

945 days ago


In typical TMZ fashion they edit and add as they post! Can't anyone in your office get it right the first time?

945 days ago
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