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Coroner confirms drowning, heart disease and cocaine led to Whitney Houston's death

Whitney Houston’s official cause of death was accidental drowning caused by the effects of cocaine and heart disease, according to a coroner’s report released today.

The 48-year-old singer, who was discovered ‘underwater and unconscious’ in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room last month, was found to have drowned with a pre-existing condition called atherosclerotic heart disease a contributing factor.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office also revealed that cocaine was found in her system but refused to comment on how much of the drug was discovered during the toxicology testing.

Several other drugs were also identified in Houston’s body, including marijuana, alprazolam (Xanax) and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril), but did not contribute to her death, according to the report.

The manner of death was listed as an accident, with the final coroner’s report expected to be available within the next two weeks. 




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