Whitney Houston Died of Accidental Drowning with Cocaine in Her System, Coroner Rules

Whitney Houston Died of Accidental Drowning with Cocaine in Her System, Coroner Rules
In the wake of Whitney Houston's tragic death last month, various reports circulated as to the cause of death. It was originally believed that she died after falling asleep in the bath, but the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office later informed her family that the singer most likely died due to mixing Xanax and other prescription drugs. Now, the autopsy results are in.

As Reuters reports, a Los Angeles County coroner's spokesman reveal today (March 22) that Houston's official cause of death was drowning due to the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use." The coroner officially declared the death an accident.

The toxicology reports indicate that "cocaine and metabolites were identified and were contributory to the death. Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were identified but did not contribute to the death."

The autopsy was reportedly conducted the day after Houston's death. According to the spokesman, the results indicate that Houston was a chronic cocaine user.

Houston was 48 at the time of her death.