Originally published April 13 2012
It's official: Prescription drugs named in Whitney Houston's autopsy report
by Jonathan Benson, staff writer
(NaturalNews) The Los Angeles County Coroners Office has finally released the official autopsy report for famed singer Whitney Houston, who in February was found dead in a Beverly Hilton Hotel room where she had been staying. And according to the report, Houston was verifiably determined to have muscle relaxers, antidepressants, and other pharmaceutical drugs in her system at the time of her death.
From the very beginning, NaturalNews had suspected that legal narcotics played a significant role in Houston's death, despite the fact that the major news media and those investigating the situation had largely blamed alcohol and illegal narcotics for her death (http://www.naturalnews.com). But it has now been officially confirmed that Houston died, at least in part, as a result of the pharmaceutical drugs she had taken prior to drowning in a bathtub.
"Toxicology testing showed cocaine, benzoylecgonine, cocaethylene, marijuana, alprazolam (Xanax), cyclobenzaprine, (Flexeril), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl)," says the report, which was signed by Dr. Christopher Rogers of the L.A. County Chief Forensic Medicine Division, and Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran of the Chief Medical Examiner-Coroner.
However, the official statement goes on to claim that drowning was the actual cause of death, and that this drowning occurred because of "atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use." So it appears as though Houston actually overdosed on a combination of legal and illegal narcotics, which then caused her to suffer a cardiac event. And this cardiac event appears to have been the culprit that led to her drowning.
This somewhat contradicts earlier claims that said Houston died before her head actually submerged underneath the water, which is what was initially told to Houston's family in the immediate days following the incident (http://www.tmz.com).
"Based on the findings of our investigation and our review of the coroner's report, we have determined that this is not a criminal matter," said the Beverly Hills Police Department (BHPD) following the release of the report (http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/11/showbiz/whitney-houston-probe/). Houston's cause of death was determined to be accidental, they say, which warrants closing the case.
The BHPD has also released the recordings of the 911 call made from Houston's hotel room on the day of her death. In these recordings, a hotel security guard can be heard explaining to the operator that a woman had been found in the bathroom in Houston's room, and that this woman was possibly not breathing and in need of medical attention.
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