The official coroner’s report on the tragic death of legendary singer Whitney Houston last month was released today. The L.A. County Coroner’s office confirms that Whitney Houston used cocaine immediately before her death, leading to a “cardiac event.” “All traces of cocaine” were allegedly removed from Whitney Houston’s hotel room before authorities arrived at the scene.
Many had speculated that cocaine played a part in the singer’s sudden death. Houston had suffered from issues with substance abuse for years and she had displayed some erratic behavior in the days before her death. The official cause of death is “accidental drowning.”
The coroner’s report points to chronic cocaine use, says chief investigator Craig Harvey. “We feel that the cocaine coupled with the …heart disease complicated her condition,” Harvey says. “Chances are if she did not have pre-existing heart disease and cocaine use, she might not have drowned.”
Houston was found dead on Feb. 11 by her bodyguard at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. A source close to the investigation told TMZ that a potential heart attack could have left the troubled singer unconscious in the bathtub, causing her to drown.
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