Coroner: Drowning, heart disease, cocaine use killed Houston

The cause of singer Whitney Houston

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(CNN) The cause of singer Whitney Houston's death was drowning and the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use," the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Thursday.

She was found dead last month in the bathtub of her hotel room in Beverly Hills, California.

The manner of death was listed as an "accident."

Cocaine and metabolites were identified and contributory to her death, the report said.

Other drugs identified in Houston's body were marijuana, alprazolam (Xanax), cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and diphenhydramine (Benadryl), but they "did not contribute to the death," the report said. Flexeril is a muscle relaxant, and Benadryl is an allergy medicine.

No trauma or foul play is suspected, the report said. The final coroner's report will be available within two weeks, the coroner's office said.


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  • by KnoxvilleMrOpinion on Mar 22, 2012 at 09:42 PM
    Can we just call it what it was? She passed out in a bathtub as a result of multiple drugs and drowned in a bathtub. I personally wish our dying soldiers got 1/2 the coverage this "star" has recieved. They are dying for our country & Whitney hasnt been a star for over 10 years. She is gone, who cares?

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