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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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121.

Robert    

So many judges living in glass homes. Tell me, where do I find one of these glass homes that so many of you live in?

884 days ago
122.

Bea    

I think you are inaccurate. Hardening of the arteries is not necessarilly caused by cocaine. People of color are more prone to this condition.

884 days ago
123.

John Q    

This is truly sad. People in my family have had their own drug problems in the past also. To the people who are hating on Ms. Houston's family, and friends by calling them all these horrible things, who are you to judge anyone? "We know her family cleaned up the hotel before calling the police" I would love to know where people get their information about something that happened in a hotel room with one person in it. She may have taken cocaine a few days before, and that may be the reason why it showed up in her system. It really sucks that she lost her fight to her demons, but she will always be missed by her family, friends, and fans around the world.

884 days ago
124.

Me    

Here's another shocker: I was just watching the news....There was not only Cocaine in her system, but Marijuana, Xanax, and Benadryl. Well naturally if you combine all of those YOU'RE GONNA OD!!!

884 days ago
125.

Myke    

A bad heart and the love of her daughter couldn't keep Whitney off the pipe...so sad!

884 days ago
126.

John Q    

@Nate. Do you know how to read? Where in any part of the story, or the toxicology report does it say no cocaine in her system???

884 days ago
127.

jayman419    

Boobie Brown did it! He snuck in there and killed her, then cleaned up and rappelled away!

884 days ago
128.

Myke    

Whitney to her crack pipe....I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU! At least its been confirmed, she went the way we always thought she would.

884 days ago
129.

no1uno    

Once a crack Ho always a crack ho.
Her mother must be the dumbest person in the world to not know her child was using drugs. Does she not know how to read a news paper. Maybe she doesn't after all not many people LIKE her can read.

884 days ago
130.

HumanNature    

R.I.P. WHITNEY!!!

884 days ago
131.

nuffsaid    

As we first reported, Whitney's family was told by the L.A. County Coroner's office ... Whitney likely died from a deadly combination of alcohol and prescription drugs -- NOT drowning.

So much for that theory.

884 days ago
132.

janet    

Who cares. Wow what a surprise. Everyone knew it was going to be ruled accidential something. Does better with the life insurance policy.


Can't relapse on coke and blame in on her comeback when she was never off coke and not able to make a comeback and she knew it. Enough of her already.

884 days ago
133.

rob    

No friggin surprise on this one! Thank you Bobby Brown you should be real happy!

884 days ago
134.

me    

This shouldn't be a big surprise to anyone because we all knew she was a damn diva drug addict. I'm surprised she lived as long as she did.

884 days ago
135.

mitsy    

It seems weird she was face down in the tub, and if someone did drown her from behind im sure there would be no signs of trauma not sure what all they can tell by the investigation but i read somewhere she owed drug dealers, but i guess a heart attack could happen but still seems "not right"

884 days ago
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