Coroner Rules On Whitney Houston’s Death

Written by Eliza Player on Monday, 02 April 2012. Posted in Celebrities

Coroner Rules On Whitney Houston’s Death

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.

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I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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