The autopsy report on Whitney Houston, released yesterday, confirmed what many of us may have suspected all along: that the superstar’s death was caused, at least partially, by drug abuse. According to CNN’s report, Houston’s autopsy revealed that the official cause of death was drowning – and that “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use” were contributing factors.
The one-page report released by coroner Craig Harvey, stated that Houston’s cocaine use occurred “in the time period just immediately prior to her collapse in the bathtub at the hotel,” and that this lead to a “cardiac event” that led to her slipping underwater and drowning in the bathtub.
A number of other drugs were also found in the singer’s system – including marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril (a muscle relaxant) and Benedryl – but these did not, apparently, contribute to her death. Houston’s sister-in-law, Patricia Houston, responded to the coroner’s report by saying “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure.”