Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office Releases Whitney Houston’s Autopsy Report
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office released a final autopsy report on the death of singer and actress Whitney Houston, who was found dead in her hotel room on February 11th, 2012. According to the coroner’s autopsy report, the official cause of death was listed as an “accidental drowning” and heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors in her death. No foul play was suspected although a rape detection kit was used at the crime scene as a matter of department protocol. The LA county coroner’s report showed that she had traces of cocaine, marijuana, and several prescription medications in her system at the time of her death.
The thorough autopsy report also revealed that the singer has a “perforation of posterior nasal septum” (basically a hole in her nose) and McGhan breast implants (size: 230 cc). The autopsy image reports also showed that Houston had numerous scars on her body and several areas of “skin slippage”. The autopsy report also showed that she had upper dental implants.
Whitney Houston Died From Accidental Drowning, Autopsy Finds
Singer Whitney Houston died from drowning in a hotel bathtub. Coroner’s officials added that heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors to her death.
The release of the autopsy results ends many weeks of speculation about what actually killed the Grammy-winning singer on February 11, 2012, the day before the Grammy Awards. Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and her death has been officially ruled as accidental. Several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but coroner’s officials said they weren’t in excessive quantities.
Further toxicology reports also suggested the presence of other drugs in her system including Xanax, Benadryl, Flexeril and marijuana. While the consequences of the fatal cocktail were a major contributor to her demise, the death was more or less accidental. Whitney had not intended to die. Initial investigation of the suite did not indicate any criminal intent and considering her struggle with drug addiction, it is believed that all substances were self administered.
Other Possible Explanations
In December that year, a private investigator claimed that he found evidence of Houston’s death being staged and was not an accident. The investigator previously believed that she owed about $1.5 million to two high-powered drug dealers who infiltrated her entourage. It was also speculated that the two men entered her suite within an hour before her death and that this activity was caught on the hotel’s surveillance footage. The wounds found on her body were also speculated to have been defense wounds and not accidents as mentioned in the coroner’s report.
Burial and last rites
Whitney was buried at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark in a private invitation-only funeral that included tribute acts from Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, CeCe Winans, R Kelly, and Kim Burrell. Other personalities who attended the service include Clive Davis and Kevin Costner, while her godmother Aretha Franklin and ex-husband Bobby Brown were unable to attend.
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