Whitney Houston appears to have suffered a heart episode before accidentally drowning in the bathtub of a Beverley Hills suite, according to KansasCity.com. Numerous drugs were found in her system, but only cocaine was a factor contributing to her death, according to the LA Times.
The coroner also found traces of marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril, and Benadryl. Although the report did not say how much cocaine was in her system, the coroner’s operation chief, Craig Harvey, said the toxicology findings “suggested chronic use.” Ed Winter, the coroner’s deputy chief of operations, said “she could have had a heart attack,” rendering her unconscious, the becoming submerged in the full bathtub.
The autopsy also found that she suffered from a pre-exsisting condition known as artherosclerotic heart disease. David Campbell, a retired captain for the coroner’s office, said this disease is often linked to blockages of blood flow to the heart. Use of cocaine would intensify the danger, as it constricts the blood vessels and reduces blood flow.
Winter said no further investigation is planned. Investigators previously served subpoenas to doctors and pharmacies where Whitney got the prescription drugs found in her room, but this will not be pursued since none of those drugs played a role in her death.
Houston’s family hopes the autopsy will allow them to move on with their lives. ”We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure,” Patricia Houston, Whitney’s sister-in-law and manager, told the Associated Press.Photo courtesy of LA Times.