Whitney Houston cause of death was “accidental drowning and cocaine abuse”

Findings say that the singer was clearly a "chronic" cocaine user, rule out foul play.

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Posted 22nd March 2012 in News, Whitney Houston | By Clickmusic News Desk
Whitney Houston cause of death was “accidental drowning and cocaine abuse”

Whitney Houston has been given an official cause of death after weeks of media speculation.

The coroner's office of Los Angeles County has officially found that Whitney died from a lethal combination of accidental drowning and atherosclerotic heart disease, with cocaine abuse from the singer's infamous drug habit.

Speaking on behalf of the coroner's office, Craig Harvey said that tests had revealed Whitney to be a "chronic" cocaine user. This is the clearest indication yet that the singer's personal battles with her demons had continued on after her split with Bobby Brown.

The coroner's findings found traces of marijuana, Flexeril, Benadryl and Xanax in Houston's system, though they did not play a part in her death.

These findings now clearly rule out any foul play in Houston's tragic death.

Even in death, the singer remains the subject of controversy. Images had circulated of Whitney's body in her coffin at a New Jersey funeral home, thanks to the ever-classy National Enquirer slithering its way into the parlour.

It's not all negative, however. Whitney managed to break Billboard Chart records recently by having three albums in the top 10 of the US Billboard 200.