On Thursday, the Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman finally announced the cause of Whitney Houston’s tragic death on February 12. The singer died of accidental drowning due to the effects of cocaine use and heart disease. A full report is expected to be released within the next few weeks. However, fans of the pop superstar can finally start to gain closure with the mysterious death’s report.
Houston was found unconscious in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room the night before the Grammy Awards. She was found face down and naked in the bathtub. Her staff said they attempted to revive her, and unfortunately, could not.
Houston spent many years battling drug addiction, mainly cocaine, and has gotten help multiple times. The toxicology tests also found marijuana, an anti-anxiety medication, a muscle relaxant and an anti-histamine in her system as well. However, none of those drugs were found to have contributed to her death. No trauma or foul play was suspected either.
Houston’s manager and sister-in-law, Patricia Houston, released a statement saying, “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure.” Patricia Houston told Oprah Winfrey earlier this month that she thought the singer’s “worst days of drug abuse were behind her.” Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case.
Leolah Brown, the sister of Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, spoke to Dr. Drew and blamed Whitney’s longtime friend and rumored boyfriend Ray J for providing her with drugs. She claimed to have seen Ray J leaving Houston’s hotel room in a hurry on the night of her death. “I saw Ray J coming out of the hotel, hiding his head, being pushed in the car,” she said. “Why? I looked and said, ‘Why now? Why are you trying to hide now Ray J”
A spokesperson for Ray J denied the accusations and said Ray J didn’t even know the Houston was using drugs again before her death.
Houston was last in rehab in May 2011. Yet there have been many reports that Houston was partying and drinking a few days before her death.
The LA police department confirmed that the investigation pertaining to Houston’s case is expected to close as soon as the final coroner’s report is released.. The final report should be released within the next two weeks.
She was laid to rest in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey on February 18.