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L.A. County Coroner

Whitney Was Coked Up

At Time of Death

3/22/2012 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


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An official for the L.A. County Coroner's Office just stated ... Whitney Houston used cocaine immediately prior to her death.

Coroner Chief Craig Harvey just held a news conference -- claiming the toxicology results suggested Whitney was a "chronic" cocaine user.

Harvey described the cocaine level in Whitney's system as "acute" -- indicating Whitney used the drug not long before she accidentally drowned in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel last month. "Accidental drowning" is listed as Whitney's official cause of death.

According to Harvey, the autopsy revealed a 60% narrowing of Whitney's arteries -- a direct result of the chronic cocaine use. Harvey claims the artery constriction led to a cardiac event before her death.

As for the other drugs in her system -- marijuana, Benadryl, Flexeril, and Xanax -- which Harvey claims were all at or below therapeutic levels ... and did not significantly contribute to her death.

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46.

WellSinceYouDidntAsk    

Nothing to see here, move along. Only street drugs kill. Can't admit RX was to blame. Big Pharma has too much profit to lose. In the meantime, if you need to feel good see your local MD (drug pusher) for a poison pill bandaid to treat whatever ails you. And if you die, it was natural causes and not the drugs. We've heard it all before. Fixed news.

844 days ago
47.

Sassy    

Drugs? Really? Duuuuhhhhhh. Let's see what daughter learned from mommy, hmmmm. Girls just wanna have fun. Next Daughter pregnant. Who's the father? another mystery. Why is this guy from the coroner's office so happy about? He came in like he was bringing good news with a smirk on his face. Oh sorry forgot he found the cocaine. ha ha ha

844 days ago
48.

dolphin    

Surprising if the coroner doesn't consider several different medications in her system "at or below therapeutic levels" also contributing to passing out. Flexeril alone or xanax alone or benedryl alone will make you drowsy....mix them together and I'm surprised she could stay awake. That part doesn't make sense what he said. Well I guess cocaine, all the other meds, booze and bathtubs just don't mix.
RIP Whitney

844 days ago
49.

dd    

She had serious heart disease but wasn't being treated for that?

844 days ago
50.

Lori Lou    

coke whore

844 days ago
51.

Vicki    

People are so quick to judge without understanding how much of a battle substance abuse is. Nobody knew what inner demons Whitney had, her mental state or what caused her to make the decisions she made. Ive been rooting for her to get better for so long. It's sad her life had to end the way it did. Celebrity or not this was another broken person who succumbed to the dark world of substance abuse. Truly a sad story.

844 days ago
52.

HMichaelH    

Is anyone surprised at this outcome? I'm not. She's just another low class inner city girl who had an amazing voice. The voice made her famous, and the fame allowed her to be a coke-head. And the coke killed her. It's a shame for the loss of the voice, which was gone years ago, but as far as cleaning out the gene pool, unfortunately she was able to reproduce. How long do you think it will be before that apple is going to fall from the tree? Not long, I'd bet!

844 days ago
53.

fleiter    

But whatever you do, don't call her a "crack whore."

844 days ago
54.

Patrick    

my co-worker's sister brought home $17082 the previous week. she been working on the internet and bought a $424700 condo. All she did was get lucky and set to work the instructions laid out on this site Get Lazy cash

844 days ago
55.

bobby     

funny how they only talk about the cocaine, the other drugs "were at normal levels" .. what a joke,, note to people, you can't take UPPERS and Downers, you will end up dead.. I wish they would inform us on how bad prescription drugs are but they make to much $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

844 days ago
56.

dee    

People LEAVE THE DRUGS ALONE, GET HELP if you have an addiction problem or they will take you out and leave your family mourning.

844 days ago
57.

remy weszzenaar    

now the police should arrest Bobby brow withney's drugdealer
he's the one responsable for att this mess

844 days ago
58.

Ugh    

Why are peple suprised by this. the ho was a snorkle-beast! Good riddance!

844 days ago
59.

Max    

Hey Cornoner. Do up your top button on your shirt. If you're too fat, get a bigger shirt that will allow you to do this. Wearing a shirt and tie and leaving the top unbuttoned looks sloppy and unprofessional. Not really something desirable in a top official. Telling yourself you're still a 16:34 is delusional.

844 days ago
60.

BlahHead818    

I'm sure marijuana supporters will use this as an excuse to say "See, weed didn't kill Whitney! Legalize it!".

844 days ago
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