Grim new details of Whitney's death

2012-04-05 08:52
Los Angeles - Whitney Houston drowned in a hot bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel room with cocaine in her system and white powder nearby, a final coroner's report revealed on Wednesday.

Detectives found white powdery substances, a rolled-up piece of paper, a small spoon and a mirror in the bathroom shortly after Houston's naked body was found face down in the bathtub on February 11, the 40-page Los Angeles County coroner's report said.

Houston, 48, had a history of drug addiction. An autopsy in March determined she died of accidental drowning due to the effects of cocaine and heart disease.

Wednesday's report revealed that Houston had a perforated nose, indicating substance abuse, filled with a bloody discharge.

'Extremely hot water'

Detectives said she was found in about 30cm of extremely hot water, which was determined to be 93 Fahrenheit (34 degrees Celsius), six hours after her death.

The singer also had traces of marijuana in her system and an open bottle of champagne was found in her room at the Beverly Hilton, hours before she was due to attend a pre-Grammy party.

'Crystal-like substance'

On a counter in the bathroom, detectives found "a small spoon with a crystal-like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper".

In a drawer, they found "a white powdery substance and a portable mirror on a base" together with more remnants of powder on the base of the mirror.

Wednesday's report did not identify the substance.

The I Will Always Love You singer appears to have been left alone in the hotel room for less than an hour.

Houston had complained of a sore throat and her personal assistant advised the singer to have a bath to get ready for the party while she went to a nearby Neiman Marcus department store to pick up items for her appearance.

When the assistant returned, she found a naked Houston face down in the bathtub and unresponsive, according to the report.

Downward spiral

Houston was one of the world's best known singers in the 1980s and 1990s with hits such as Saving All My Love For You and I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

But her career declined during a tumultuous, drug-fuelled 15-year marriage to singer Bobby Brown. She was last known to have entered drug rehabilitation in May 2011 but celebrity media reported that she was seen drinking heavily and behaving erratically in the three or four days before her death.

Houston's family said in statement in March that they were "saddened to have learned of the toxicology results" that revealed recent cocaine use, but were glad to have closure.


  • Bless Boswell - 2012-04-05 09:04

    Leave it alone now - let her go. All this exposure is not going to change anything.

      Wouter - 2012-04-05 09:28

      Except maybe warn kids who read this about the dangers of substance abuse?

  • Eric - 2012-04-05 09:22

    Who really cares? *yawn*

      herculesjansenvanvuuren - 2012-04-05 10:08

      @Eric, why then read and comment?

      amy.mcsithole1 - 2012-04-05 10:30

      You right Eric. Whitney was a great singer and we all loved her but she choose to take drugs knowing very well that it never ends well...she dug her own grave. And sounds like her daughter is also following in her footsteps....I have no symphathy for these people

      Eric - 2012-04-05 12:30

      TheHerc Who said I read the article?

      Eric - 2012-04-05 12:34

      Thanks, Amy! Her death leaves me cold. She may have recorded a couple of good songs, but her lifestyle and lack of being a role model completely overshadows the good. I feel the same way about Brenda Fassie!

      Michael - 2012-04-05 12:49

      Oh, I'm sorry.... I thought the logic is: if you want to give an informed opinion, you need "information" i.e reading the article!

      Jou - 2012-04-05 17:15

      Brown soup with a sprinkle of white powder on the side.

      Rodney - 2012-04-06 18:28

      dont entertain this idiot troll

      Bongeka - 2012-04-06 22:28

      You're so insensitive,inhumanly and has no heart.How could you ask what you've just asked?

  • pokum - 2012-04-05 09:24

    No matter how it happened it does not change that she was blessed with an incredible talent and the good that she did in the world will always out weigh the bad in my opinion

  • Solly Rand - 2012-04-05 09:24

    the women is dead and gone.what differance is it going to make.

  • - 2012-04-05 09:38

    She threw her life away. Why mourn her? How about all the brave american soldiers in iraq and Afghanistan?

      Eugene Walters - 2012-04-05 09:45

      It is so obvious she commited suicide .

  • Flynn - 2012-04-05 14:25

    Whitney was not a bad singer - loved some of her songs, she did drugs to keep up with the industry which cost her her life. She is the past now - let move on. Her death is still selling papers, magazines, etc. Life goes on

  • margie.bauer - 2012-04-05 15:21

    I still feel so sorry for her and that she had to die like that (at her own hand). Drug addiction is a terrible thing and VERY hard to overcome. I speak from experience. Wouter is right, hopefully her death and reading articles like these will warn people about the dangers of substance abuse.

  • sandile.filita - 2012-04-05 18:25

    what a waste of talent. awesome at what she did, but in the end all got wasted.

  • sandile.filita - 2012-04-05 18:26

    celebs and drugs?

  • Troy - 2012-04-05 18:51

    You right bless, leave it alone. people are quick to judge but she had no skeletons in the closet, no secrets not like most who are quick to point fingers, mean time back at the ranch........ addiction is a disease.Think of it as cancer, you can't cure it but you can treat it

  • Rudi - 2012-04-05 20:52

    She was a person with great potential and talent and she actual made it in the world. We as society should protect each other against drugs. We should inform and support the young and vulnerable and try and stop this evil. Drugs are slowly taking away ones long term(eternal)live and replaces it with short term enjoyment that gets shorter with every shot and in the end it all ens tragic. This is yet another sad death of a person. Especially the famous who need to try and impress the judgmental people of this word.

  • Julie - 2012-04-06 09:18

    It never fails to amaze me that so many celebrities turn to drugs - is it to 'keep up with the Jones's' or what? Frankly, I have NO sympathy with anyone doing drugs of any kind - whether alcohol, cocaine, tik, LSD or whatever is available in the market - and if anyone says: "I can't help it," that's bulldust. Nobody is holding a gun to their heads, forcing them to ruin their own lives. The sad thing is that it already starts in childhood - experimenting with substances because their peers seem to be so much more alive and doing well - but living in lies, all of them. Doing drugs is NOT cool - on the contrary, most users are eventually doomed to failure all around... And I'm sure Houston also knew this, but refused to fact the facts, thus paying with her life for following this lifestyle - like so many others before her...

  • Zion - 2012-04-06 14:49

    It may be seen as crude to say so but her death and circumstances leading to her death serve mas a warning to others not to follow that path. No longer is she a hero.

  • - 2012-04-06 22:32

    No one on earth is perfect! Leave her be!

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