Authorities recovered cocaine in the hotel room where Whitney Houston died ... TMZ has learned.
As for the quantity of cocaine that was found, official documents show one of the items police recovered was "white, powdery remnants." Sources tell us the powder was tested and it's cocaine.
We're told Beverly Hills detectives are NOT investigating rumors that someone removed cocaine from the room, because they're convinced it wasn't removed.
Sources directly involved in the investigation told TMZ early on ... no illegal drugs were recovered from the room. We have circled back with these sources who now tell us they were unaware at the time that cocaine was present.
Bottom line -- cops are in the final stages of their investigation, but they are not focusing on anyone who possibly removed cocaine, because authorities are in possession of the goods.
Whitney Houston's Family
Bobby Brown's DUI Proves
He's a Bad Influence
3/28/2012 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's mother believes Bobby Brown's DUI arrest proves what she's been telling people all along ... he's just a bad dude.
Sources close to Cissy Houston tell us ... she's always felt Bobby was a cancer ... who infected Whitney's life with negative influences.
We're told Cissy felt "vindicated" when she found out Bobby was arrested for driving drunk on Monday afternoon ... and believes the incident is exactly why she wants Bobby to "keep his distance" from his daughter Bobbi Kristina.
The Houstons believe Bobbi K has been in a "vulnerable place" since Whitney passed ... and as one source puts it, "This is the last person she needs to be around."
Instead, we're told Cissy wants Bobbi Kristina to hang around "positive mentors" ... like Clive Davis.
Whitney's Death Room Door
STRIPPED Of Its Identity [PHOTO]
3/26/2012 12:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The 4th floor Beverly Hilton hotel room where Whitney Houston died is officially off the radar -- after hotel staff removed the infamous door number ... 434 ... and TMZ has photo evidence.
Sources tell TMZ, the number was removed shortly after she died -- after scores of prospective hotel guests called to request the room.
A rep for the hotel tells us, the number was removed because the room has been taken out of circulation. So far, there are no plans to make the room available to future hotel guests.
Whitney Houston's Death
Who's to Blame?
3/25/2012 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The L.A. County Coroner's findings on Whitney Houston's death has not settled the case -- by a long shot. Fingers are pointing in all directions, casting blame.
So we gotta ask ...
I Had NO IDEA
Whitney Was Doing Coke
3/23/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray J is pissed that people are accusing him of being Whitney's enabler and, even worse, fueling her with the fatal dose of cocaine.
Ray J's rep tells TMZ ... the singer had NO KNOWLEDGE that Whitney was using again.
The rep says Ray J is especially upset at claims made by Bobby Brown's sister, Leolah Brown, who went on TV Thursday night and suggested Ray J was to blame for Whitney's demise. Ray J says the claim is absolute B.S.
Whitney Houston's Death
Sources Say Cocaine Removed
From Singer's Hotel Room
3/22/2012 4:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sources connected to Whitney Houston who were with Whitney the day she died tell TMZ ... an individual removed all traces of cocaine from the room before authorities arrived.
The Coroner's Office says Whitney used cocaine "immediately prior to her collapse." Investigators who arrived on scene found no traces of cocaine or any other illegal substance.
One source who is extremely close to the situation tells us ... the individual who removed the cocaine was also the person who supplied it to Whitney.
As we previously reported, other items were removed from the room as well, including bed sheets.
The Beverly Hills PD just told TMZ ... its investigation is not closed. Cops will not comment on whether they are looking at evidence tampering.
L.A. County Coroner
Whitney Was Coked Up
At Time of Death
3/22/2012 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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.
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.”
Whitney Houston's Mother
From Comeback Anxiety
3/22/2012 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's mother Cissy was shocked that her daughter was using cocaine at the time of her death but believes the relapse was triggered by anxiety over Whitney's comeback plans.
Sources very close to Cissy who have spoken with her in the last few minutes tell TMZ ... she believed her daughter was completely sober while shooting the movie "Sparkle."
But Cissy says as Whitney got closer and closer to the Grammys -- where Whitney would make her comeback move -- she fell prey to the drug.
Cissy is saying hearing that Whitney was using again is like reliving her death -- it's that painful.
There Is NO Whitney
3/21/2012 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ray J is adamant ... he is NOT secretly harboring a stash of sexually explicit photos and video, depicting him and Whitney Houston in the throes of passion -- because no such stash exists.
There have been reports ... Ray is sitting on a hoard of sex tapes and XXX photos -- holding them over the Houston family as ransom -- because he knows they're worth a pretty penny.
But Ray J's rep tells TMZ, "The despicable tabloid report released today claiming the existence of a sex tape between Ray J and Whitney Houston is not true ... There is no sex tape."
Sources extremely close to Ray J tell us the singer insists he NEVER took sexually explicit pics of Whitney ... or recorded ANY of their intimate encounters.
Friends Were Shocked to Hear
She's Dating Her 'Brother'
3/17/2012 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Looks like no one is immune from thinking it is weird that Bobbi Kristina Brown is dating the guy she used to consider her "brother" -- because even their closest friends were shocked by the news ... TMZ has learned.
As TMZ first reported, Bobbi feels she's doing nothing wrong by dating Nick Gordon, the guy her mother Whitney Houston unofficially adopted 10 years ago.
According to our sources, Bobbi broke the news to her friends at a BBQ this week ... and no one believed it until the two kissed in front of everyone. We're told one friend felt the "relationship" was the result of each of them taking the death of Whitney too hard ... but they both brushed off that notion.
Our sources say the rest of the BBQ was quite awkward after that and everyone just tried to change the subject.
I'm Not Committing Incest!
3/15/2012 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina isn't fazed by her granny's accusations she's committing incest by hooking up with her "adopted" brother -- telling friends, she's gonna do what she wants ... no matter what.
Sources close to BK tell TMZ, the 19-year-old finally 'fessed up to her close buddies ... she and 22-year-old Nick Gordon are dating -- ten years after Whitney unofficially adopted the boy because he was having problems at home.
TMZ broke the story ... Bobbi's grandma Cissy Houston saw the video we posted -- showing Bobbi and Nick holding hands and kissing on a lunch run in Atlanta this week -- and told a close friend, "What [Bobbi and Nick] are doing is incestuous."
But Bobbi couldn't care less -- telling friends ... she doesn't give a damn about what Cissy thinks about her controversial relationship ... and because Nick's not her blood brother, she definitely doesn't consider it incest.
As one source put it -- Bobbi "can't please everyone, so she is going to please herself by doing what she wants to do for once."
As for the maybe engagement ring Bobbi was wearing -- we're told she's been mum on what it means ... but cryptically told friends, she and Nick ARE planning a trip to Vegas in the near future.
Cissy Houston on Bobbi Kristina
'What They're Doing
3/15/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cissy Houston -- Whitney Houston's mom -- has reacted fiercely to the video we posted Wednesday ... showing Bobbi Kristina and Whitney's "adopted" son Nick Gordon in a romantic grip, and then kissing (below).
Cissy told a close friend, "What they're doing is incestuous." Cissy feels her granddaughter has problems and Nick is taking advantage of her.
Although Whitney never formally adopted Nick, she considered him her son and Bobbi called him her brother. For his part, Nick called Bobbi his sister.
Cissy is so concerned that Bobbi has become impressionable and therefore an easy target for Nick, she's asking the Whitney Houston Estate to take legal steps to get him evicted from Whitney's home -- where Bobbi Kristina is also living.