Whitney Houston’s Cause of Death: Accidental Drowning, Cocaine Use, Heart Disease

The question of how Whitney Houston died has been answered.

Accidental drowning combined with effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use have been revealed as the official causes of Whitney Houston death on Feb. 11 at the rather young age of 48. Photo: Asterio Tecson/Flickr

Whitney Houston’s cause of death has been the subject of great debate since her passing, but now the truth is revealed.

According to MTV, the L.A. County coroner revealed that accidental drowning was the official cause of Houston’s death, adding that cocaine use and heart disease were also contributing factors.

He said the results indicated Houston was a chronic cocaine user.

Toxicology results also showed Houston had marijuana, Xanax (anxiety medication), the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the allergy medication Benadryl in her system, according to Newser.

Officials from the coroner’s office said there wasn’t an unusual amount of medication.

A source connected to the investigation told TMZ that it is “very possible” Whitney had a heart attack that caused her to lose consciousness and drown. The heart attack may have been triggered by hardening of the arteries as a result of cocaine use.

A final report is expected to be ready for release within two weeks.

Beverly Hills police said in a statement that there was no evidence of wrongdoing in connection with Houston’s death.

“We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure,” said Patricia Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law and manager.

However, investigators found no evidence of cocaine in the hotel room.

Law enforcement sources have announced from the beginning they did not suspect foul play — and believe her death was not a homicide.

The singer’s family however had doubts about Whitney’s demise — suggesting there may have been foul play.

Houston died several hours before she was scheduled to appear at producer Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards bash.

Houston was buried in a New Jersey cemetery next to her father after an emotional four-hour funeral service that was attended by friends, family and superstars such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Roberta Flack.

Houston, a sensation from her first album of1985, was one of the world’s best-selling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, turning out such hits as “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” `’How Will I Know,” `’The Greatest Love of All” and “I Will Always Love You.” But as she struggled with drugs, her majestic voice became raspy, and she couldn’t hit the high notes.

Interest in her music skyrocketed after her death, pushing her songs back on to charts and into heavy rotation on the radio.

Since Houston’s passing, media scrutiny has landed on Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina who is reportedly romantically involved with her unofficially adopted brother –although rumors of the pair’s engagement have been shot down. Bobbi Kristina will also serve as the sole heir to Houston’s estate, tells The Huff Post.

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