Whitney Houston: Death an accidental drowning; cocaine found in system

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For the saga of Whitney Houston’s sudden death in February, a sad conclusion came on Thursday: An autopsy confirms accidental drowning as the official cause, and a screening revealed cocaine in the singer’s system.

L.A. County Chief Coroner Craig Harvey also confirmed marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril (a muscle relaxant) and Benadryl in Houston’s system, though those drugs weren’t connected to her death.


While the amount of cocaine Houston took is still being determined, the coroner’s report said the drug ‘exacerbated her heart condition.’

Just two days before this year’s Grammy Awards telecast, Houston’s body was discovered in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. The music industry and fans worldwide mourned the singer for weeks, as did her famous peers.

Houston was survived by daughter Bobbi Kristina, who inherited her estate.


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-- Matt Donnelly