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Whitney Houston’s cause of death

Friday, March 23, 2012 - 5:07pm

NEW YORK, NY (FOX44) – Weeks of speculation into the cause of Whitney Houston’s death has finally come to an end. The autopsy results are in and toxicology reports found cocaine along with marijuana, Xanax, Flexeril and Benadryl in the former superstar's system.

Arguably one of the greatest singers of our generation is gone due to an accidental drowning. Officials say it was brought on by an existing heart condition and drug use.

Harvey says: “The final cause of death has been established as drowning due to atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.”

Whitney Houston died back on February 11th on the eve of the Grammy awards. She was found submerged in the bathtub of her hotel room. The medical examiner says it all was an accident.

Harvey says: “There was no external trauma to the body. And there's not indication of foul play in this death. We know that when she slipped under the water she was still alive, we have evidence of drowning.”

The official autopsy report also determined Houston was a habitual abuser of cocaine. The drug was in her system at her time of death.

Harvey says: "Cocaine use indicated an acute use and it appeared that the cocaine had been used in the time period just probably immediately prior to her collapse in the bathtub at the hotel"

Before her untimely death, Houston was making an attempt at a comeback. But her prolonged drug use took a heavy toll on her voice.

Although she may be gone, you can expect to see a lot more of the singer in the future. Houston had finished filming a remake of the movie "Sparkle" which is expected to be released later this year.

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