News: UPDATE: Whitney Houston's Death Takes Unexpected Twist, Cocaine Found In Singer's Body

Thursday, Mar 22, 2012 6:20PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Late Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston reportedly had traces of cocaine in her body when she accidentally drowned last month in a Beverly Hills hotel, according to a coroner's report.

The new twist to Houston's unexpected death suggests cocaine may have contributed to her passing.

Whitney Houston died from an accidental drowning in a hotel bathtub, but the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" were contributing factors in her death, the Los Angeles County Coroner said in an autopsy report released Thursday. Houston, 48, was "found submerged in bathtub filled with water" and "no trauma or foul play is suspected," the coroner said. The toxicology tests found other drugs in her body, including marijuana, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the allergy medicine Benadryl, the report said. But these drugs "did not contribute to the death," it said. (CNN)

Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina recently spoke on losing her mother.

The night after Whitney Houston died, her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown could not bring herself to sleep in her mother's Atlanta mansion. That all changed the next morning. "I woke up and I heard her say, 'All right, come home now,' " Brown told Oprah Winfrey in a TV special Sunday night. "And when I came back home, I felt humble, I felt okay." The singer's only child, 19, says she's now comforted by the spirit of her mother, who died last month at age 48. (People)

The late singer reportedly left her entire estate to her daughter, making Bobbi Kristina the sole heir to the estate.

Whitney Houston has left everything in her will to her 19-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina. The singer's will, which was signed in 1993, does not mention specific assets, but stipulates that all of her belongings should go to her surviving children, and Bobbi Kristina was her only child. Though Bobbi Kristina will be immediately granted ownership of Houston's clothing, jewelry, cars, personal effects and other items, the singer's money will be placed in a trust. Bobbi Kristina will get some of the money upon turning 21. She will get more at 25, and the full balance at age 30. (Rolling Stone)

She was officially pronounced dead around mid-February.

Police discovered "various pill bottles" in Houston's room, TMZ reported, adding that family members said Houston had been taking the prescription drug Xanax, which is often used to treat anxiety. When combined with alcohol, Xanax can cause drowsiness. Houston was reportedly found in her bathtub -- TMZ says her head was underwater -- and could not be revived by paramedics after being removed from the tub. No alcohol was found in the preliminary sweep of Houston's room, TMZ reports, but there were multiple reports that Houston had been drinking with friends the night before at the hotel. (Fox News)

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