March 23, 2012– Coroner’s officials announced on Thursday that Whitney Houston had been a chronic user of cocaine. They said the drug was in her system at the time of her drowning in her hotel room bathtub. Results of the late singer’s autopsy were released and noted that heart disease was a contributing factor in her death.
Speculation about the death of the Grammy award winner that has swirled around for weeks was ended with the release of the autopsy findings. The singer was found underwater in her hotel bathtub and her death has been ruled as accidental. Authorities found a number of different prescription medications in her room, but coroners said the amounts were not excessive.
The manager and sister-in-law of the late entertainer, Patricia Houston said the family was saddened to receive the results of the toxicology tests, but were glad to finally get closure. Police in Beverly Hills said no evidence was found of any wrongdoing connected with the singer’s death.
Coroner’s officials said cocaine and byproducts of the drug was found in her system. The drug had been listed as contributing to her death. Craig Harvey, the Chief of Operations at the coroner’s office said the toxicology results indicated that Houston had been a chronic user of the drug.
The results also showed she had Xanax, marijuana, Benadryl and Flexeril a muscle relaxant in her system. She had heart disease that caused some blockage of arteries but it was not clear if she suffered a heart attack the day of her death.