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.
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.”
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.
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