Whitney Houston’s death caused by accidental drowning + effects of heart disease & cocaine use

Weeks after the death of R&B legend Whitney Houston, her official cause of death has now been announced. The LA Coroners’ officer has confirmed the toxicology report carried out on the 48 year old singer’s body has determined the cause of her death as “drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.”

Despite earlier unconfirmed reports regarding the reason, rumoured to have been a heart attack and an overdose of prescription drugs, the coroner’s office said the manner of death was an “accident” with the official report citing that “cocaine and metabolites were identified and were contributory to the death. Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were identified but did not contribute to the death.” Craig Harvey, the spokesman for the Coroners officer says that the cocaine and its metabolites found in Houston’s system indicated that Houston was a chronic cocaine user.

Whitney was found in her hotel bathtub on February 11th and was pronounced dead shortly after. An autopsy was carried out on her body the following day and it was previously confirmed that there were prescription pill bottles found in her room, but it was said that the number of pills were “not in alarming amounts.”

In a statement to Associated Patricia Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager said: “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure.”

R.I.P Whitney Houston
[via Guardian]

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