Well this comes as no real surprise. Whitney Houston’s official cause of death was accidental drowning but she was also under the influence of “acute amounts” cocaine when she died according the the official coroner’s report, People Magazine reports.
The singer, 48, was also found to have cocaine in her system at the time of her death, the source confirms. Contributing factors of her death included heart disease and cocaine use, an investigation found.
Initially, many suspected the drug Xanax and alcohol were the cause of death as many around the superstar claimed she had been clean for a while but CNN says the coroner’s report rules out those drugs:
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.
So investigators believe years of cocaine use may have damaged her heart and the coke use just prior to her death triggered a heart attack says TMZ:
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.
Houston famously admitted to using coke in a 2002 interview with ABC’s DIane Sawyer.