A coroner in Los Angeles has ruled that Whitney Houston’s death was caused by drowning but said her “acute” use of cocaine was also a factor.
Whitney Houston drowned after ‘cocaine use’ (Video)
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s spokesman, Craig Harvey confirmed the singer had drowned in her hotel room bathtub, adding that the effects of acute cocaine use and heart disease had contributed to her death.
Mr Harvey said toxicology tests also found cannabis, an anti-anxiety medication Xanax, a muscle relaxant Flexeril and anti-histamine Benadryl in Houston’s system but added they did not contribute to her death.
“Other drugs were identified during the toxicology process. Those drugs were all at the therapeutic or sub-therapeutic level. They’re not c
onsidered to be related to the actual cause of death,” he said.
Bottles of prescription medication had been found in her room, but not in large numbers, and those drugs played no part in the singer’s death. No cocaine was found in the hotel room.