by Wilfred Okiche
The Los Angeles county coroner’s report has revealed that accidental drowning was the official cause of Whitney Houston’s death, adding that cocaine use and heart disease were contributing factors.
The legendary singer was found dead in her hotel room 11, February, a day before the Grammys.
According to the report, traces of cocaine were found in Houston’s system at the time of death along with Xanax, Flexeril, marijuana and Benadryl, but officials insist they played no role in her death.
Also, no cocaine was found in the singer’s room when she died, but coroner spokesman Craig Harvey revealed that cocaine metabolites were found in her system, leading to the conclusion that Houston was a chronic user of the drug. A number of prescription pills were recovered in the Beverly Hills hotel room, but officials from the coroner’s office said that it wasn’t an unusual amount of medication.
The final toxicology results come out in two weeks but no foul play is suspected.
Houston died at the age of 48, leaving behind a 19-year old daughter who is also her sole heir and an aged mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston. She was buried in a private ceremony.