by Daniel J. DeNoon
Whitney Houston drowned in a hotel bathtub “due to effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use,” according to the final report of the L.A. County Coroner’s Office
“The decedent possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and alcohol,” the report states.
Found near the tub was a small bottle, small spoon, mirror, and rolled-up paper with specks of cocaine. In the hotel room were three empty prescription bottles for Xanax, a narcotic anti-anxiety drug. There was also an opened bottle of champagne in the room.
The autopsy revealed 60% blockage of the right coronary artery, indicating coronary artery disease but not in itself an imminently fatal condition.
The report makes very sad reading. While Whitney Houston’s struggle with substance abuse was widely known, her many fans had always hoped her strong spirit would allow her to overcome it.