Autopsy and toxicology results have determined that Whitney Houston’s official cause of death was accidental drowning.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s office confirmed Thursday that Houston’s cause of death has been ruled an accidental drowning. The results revealed Houston had cocaine in her system at the time of death. Contributing factors of her death included heart disease and cocaine use. Also in her system was marijuana, Xanax, Benadryl and other medications.
“There was water found in her lungs that indicated to us that she was alive when she was submerged underwater,” coroner chief Craig Harvey told People. “According to our tests, the level of cocaine was not necessarily a lethal level of cocaine. But her death was complicated by chronic cocaine use and heart disease.”
Coroner assistant chief Ed Winter says Houston’s death was likely one of two scenarios: “She could’ve passed out first due to the intoxication from the cocaine, or she could’ve had a heart attack and then drowned. It’s probably one of those two scenarios.”
Whitney Houston died at the age of 48 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012.