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Report: Whitney Houston drowned

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Whitney Houston’s official cause of death was “drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use,” reported USA Today, citing the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

The death was deemed accidental. The toxicology report said “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,” USA Today reported.

Earlier today, People magazine reported essentially the same thing, but quoted an unnamed source. “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,” People’s bulletin said.

Here’s a link to the full story.

A few weeks ago the L.A. Times posted a story, also quoting unnamed sources, that said “drowning is one of several scenarios that investigators are examining as they gather evidence.”

Here is a link to that story.

Since the singer’s death her daughter Bobbi Kristina has come to Atlanta where Houston owned a townhouse north of Atlanta. Oprah Winfrey came here to tape an interview with Bobbi Kristina and other family members.

We’ll update as more details become available.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

31 comments Add your comment

As I See It

March 22nd, 2012
5:44 pm

Drowning. Cocaine and heart disease. The latter–heart disease (atherosclerosis)–is not surprising in a 48 y.o. woman. Most people have some degree of heart disease.

Need to await full report with tox LEVELS/CONCENTRATIONS of the cocaine. There wree also metabolites of xanax, benadryl flexeril and marijuana.

Likely took the cocaine (a stimulant); her heart might’ve accelerated, maybe had a heart attack and slumped in the tub and drowned.

Full Tox levels will give more info.

As I See It

March 22nd, 2012
5:45 pm

Lesson: Just Don’t Do Drugs.

Rick James

March 22nd, 2012
5:45 pm

Such a sad story..Rest in peace Whitney

Carole Smith

March 22nd, 2012
5:49 pm

Sorry she died at such an early age, but, not surprised. Yep, don’t do drugs and don’t take a warm bath AFTER you’ve injested drugs………….

Alan

March 22nd, 2012
5:49 pm

She did it to herself.

RooBarb

March 22nd, 2012
5:49 pm

Another lesson — If you’re gonna use drugs and alcoholthat may make you pass out, don’t lay down in the bath tub.

pb

March 22nd, 2012
5:56 pm

Not really surprising findings, but very sad just the same. Seems like a life and talent wasted. She did not have to die this young and this way.

tina

March 22nd, 2012
6:02 pm

thats a lot of drugs. wow.

Stonethrower

March 22nd, 2012
6:30 pm

Cocaine is a hellofadrug!

A mom

March 22nd, 2012
7:20 pm

A sad end to a very talented woman.

rauchbier

March 22nd, 2012
8:17 pm

Enter your comments here

rauchbier

March 22nd, 2012
8:22 pm

You left off an option on your Deniro poll:

The blogger is a stupid fat idiot that has nothing better to do than perpetuate garbage based upon her french fry eating handicap.

You have to tell us Ann Romney is white?

Just stay in bed for about 73 years and spare the human race the embarrassment that might associate you with other, thinking humans.

rauchbier

March 22nd, 2012
8:24 pm

And don’t bother telling us how many hits your blog gets. It’s irrelevant. It’s the same as saying how many people stared at a retard they saw in the mall.

Frank King

March 22nd, 2012
11:12 pm

When Whitney’s death hit the news, I thought about Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson and Kurt Cobain. Together, they inspired this blog: http://bit.ly/wQvHLA

frank

March 22nd, 2012
11:51 pm

Cocaine, marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril, and Benadryl most likely put her into a deep sleep and she slipped under water. Blows away the reports she had “cleaned her act up”.

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
11:05 am

crack is wack

Jacquie M.X.

March 23rd, 2012
12:23 pm

To all the negative people the various web blogs who have spouting about how Ms. Houston got what she deserved, please consider this: It is completely selfish to extend absolutely no compassion or empathy to someone who is struggling with alcohol and/or substance abuse, as Whitney clearly was. Her addictions showed she wasn’t perfect and probably dealt with a lot of pain and depression.

Celebrity or not, she was still a human being with her own set of vulnerabilities. Perhaps this should serve as an example that the pressures of being famous. Having the paparazzi and media exploit every facet of one’s private life are too much for some people to bear.

Thank God many addicts have more supportive people in their lives than those who are writing negative comments about her on the www. RIP Whitney. No more pain, no more worries.

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
12:35 pm

@jacquie

u say no more pain and worries like death is a good thing

Jacquie M.X.

March 23rd, 2012
12:40 pm

@liberallefty: I won’t take too much time to try to explain this to you, as you seem to be a non-believer, but, as a person of faith, I DO believe death is a good thing for Christians. Despite her problems, WH seemed to be well-grounded in her faith. The Bible says that to be absent from the body (dead) is to be present with the Lord. (Corinthians 5:8). So, yes, I believe that Whitney is with our Heavenly Father — and that IS GOOD. Thus, for Whitney, there is no more pain, no more worries.

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
1:12 pm

@jacquie

first of all u didnt know WHITNEY so u dont know how godly she was. youre projecting onto her what you wanted her to be. and if death is so good why are all the christians crying about her death? why arent all the christians happy that she died…why arent u happy that she died? and the bible was written by men who never seen or heard a word from the invisible god that u worship…

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
1:14 pm

@jacquie

since u dont mind dying i guess u dont go to the doctor or get medical treatment because it prolongs life[ pain and suffering]…why prolong life when u can be with god?

Jacquie M.X.

March 23rd, 2012
1:55 pm

@liberalefty: We are ALL going to die. Dying is a part of life. Yes, I go to the doctor, I take medications when needed and I try to take care of myself. At the end of the day, however, when it is my time to go, I will be a peace knowing that I am going home to be with the Father and that suffering and pain will be no more.

Jacquie M.X.

March 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

Oh, and regarding your comment about Christians crying about Whitney’s passing? I don’t think that only Christians are mourning her loss and just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean you won’t be sad at someone’s passing. Yes, we believe in a God (capital “G”) that we can’t sae, because that is where our faith comes in to play. You don’t need faith to believe in something you can see. I can see the tree outside my window. I know it is there. I don’t need faith to believe that.

My 40-year-old sister died of cancer last year. I was, and continue to be, horribly saddened by her death. I miss my sister. Every day, I miss her. Am I glad that she is in Heaven and no longer suffering? Absolutely. I cannot — will not — have a prolonged discussion on Theology with you on the ajc.com. I won’t change your mind — and you CERTAINLY WON’T change mine. Let me just leave you with this: The Bible teaches that some day, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. One day, when you are sick and dying (and that day WILL come), you may pray. I hope you will, anyway. And on that day, I hope God will hear you.

Have a BLESSED day.

liberalefty

March 23rd, 2012
2:11 pm

jacquie

if u really wanted to go see jesus so bad,you wouldnt go to the doctor now would you. u go to the doctor to prolong your life because u dont wanna die…so if dying is so wonderful why go to the doctor…

Kika24

March 23rd, 2012
2:29 pm

Nothing good ever comes out of arguing race, religion or politics. Each one should hold on to their own beliefs and we should all be grateful to Whitney Houston for the incredible music she left behind and leave her family to remember her in the close, personal relationships they shared. A lesson is there to be learned for those who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Regardless of her status, as many have said, someone lost their child, their mother, their sister, their best friend, etc. Respect should be given as we would all want respect if we lost a loved one – regardless of the cause of death.

scallywag

March 23rd, 2012
8:23 pm

What is interesting to note is now that the cause of the singer’s death has become public various tribes are busily trying to paint a picture they had no idea she was back on drugs (Cissy), that others are to blame (specifically Ray J- Whitney’s boyfriend) or that there may have indeed been other mystery players involved, which may or may not be true and which may or may not absolve parties close to home who should of have known or did know or just chose conveniently to step out of the way(or even participate?)….that plus the fact this may ultimately be a clever pr campaign to keep the legend alive?

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2012/03/did-whitney-houstons-boyfriend-ray-jr-supply-her-with-coke-just-before-she-died/

KimZ'sPackage

March 23rd, 2012
10:13 pm

Did we KNOW that she took too many pills passed out and drowned?

liberalefty

March 24th, 2012
9:55 am

at least she didnt do crack , cause we all know, “crack is wack”…

liberalefty

March 24th, 2012
9:57 am

people need to stop looking at entertainers as role models, especially u grown azz folks on these blogs…

liberalefty

March 24th, 2012
12:54 pm

Whitneys death only teaches one thing…DONT BE A JUNKIE LIKE SHE WAS…nuff said

Jack Mehoff

March 27th, 2012
4:57 pm

I am just glad that WHitney can get the deification she deserves. We as a society can put her on a pedestal despite her poor parenting. Yeah AMERICA!