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Whitney Houston's cocaine use took toll, autopsy shows

LOS ANGELES — Whitney Houston was found face-down in a bathtub with cocaine in her system and drug paraphernalia on the bathroom counter nearby, investigators revealed in the singer's final autopsy report released Wednesday.

The report delivered a grim accounting of Houston's final hours in early February. The singer complained of a sore throat before an assistant suggested she take a bath before the start of a pre-Grammy Awards gala. By the time the assistant returned, Houston had drowned and was prone in the tub.

Investigators who scoured the room later found in the bathroom a "spoon with a white crystal like substance in it," and a white powdery substance in a drawer and on a mirror, according to the report. The report does not specifically identify the substances as cocaine, although toxicology tests discovered the drug in Houston's heart and extremities.

The report provides a sad footnote to Houston's life, revealing the toll the singer's drug use took on her body.

When coroner's officials said two weeks ago that Houston died from accidental drowning, they also revealed that cocaine had played a role in her death. The office has said there were signs of both chronic and recent use.

An investigator noted a hole in the singer's nose, listed under "history of substance abuse."

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said he could not discuss how recently Houston may have used cocaine.

Beverly Hills police Lt. Mark Rosen said the investigation is still open and he could not comment on the findings.

Whitney Houston's cocaine use took toll, autopsy shows 04/04/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 10:28pm]

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