Houston died from drowning - coroner
23 March 2012, 14:20
Los Angeles - Coroner's officials have ruled Whitney Houston died by
drowning, but heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors.
The announcement on Thursday ends weeks of speculation about what killed the Grammy-winning singer on February 11.
Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards.
bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but
coroner's officials said they weren't in excessive quantities.
spokesperson Craig Harvey says cocaine metabolites were found in
Houston's system, and it was listed as a contributing factor in her
death. He says the results indicated Houston was a chronic cocaine user.