Whitney Houston’s cause of death has been determined to be accidental drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use, according to the Los Angeles County toxicology report, which was released on Thurs., March 22.
Houston, 48, was found submerged in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton Hotel room on Feb. 11 and pronounced dead at 3:55 PST. The toxicology report found 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.” While the levels of each drug were omitted from the toxicology report, the information will be included in the final coroner report which will be released within two weeks.
Houston’s family had been informed of the findings before Thursday and issued the following statement: “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure.”