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Houston died from drowning - coroner

Published:Friday | March 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM

LOS ANGELES (AP):

Whitney Houston died from drowning in a hotel bathtub, but coroner's officials said yesterday that heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors to the singer's death.

The release of autopsy findings, which indicated cocaine was in Houston's system, yesterday ends weeks of speculation about what killed the Grammy-winning singer on February 11, the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and her death had been 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.

No evidence of wrongdoing

Beverly Hills police said in a statement that there was no evidence of wrongdoing in connection with Houston's death.

"We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure," said Patricia Houston, the singer's sister-in-law and manager.