Whitney Houston died of accidental drowning, the Los Angeles County Coroner announced on Thursday. The coroner also listed cocaine use and heart disease as contributing factors in the Whitney Houston cause of death. A number of other drugs, both legal and illegal, were also found in the singer’s system according to the Whitney Houston toxicology report.
Whitney Houston died on Feb. 11 at the age of 48. She was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she had been staying prior to attending a pre-Grammy Awards party that night.
The Los Angeles County Coroner announced Thursday the official Whitney Houston cause of death was drowning, but that heart disease and cocaine use were also to blame for the legendary singer’s death. Houston also had traces of marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl in her system when she died, but the coroner stated these did not contribute to her death.
According to the Whitney Houston toxicology report, the singer had cocaine metabolites in her system at the time of her death. L. A. Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey said the results indicated long term chronic cocaine use.
Prescription medication bottles were found in the hotel room by investigators, but no evidence of cocaine was found at the scene.
The Houston family released a statement on Thursday afternoon saying they are “saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure.”