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The cause of Whitney Houston's death has officially been ruled accidental drowning, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill from continuing to turn. The coroner's report says that Houston also had cocaine (which she used "immediately prior to her collapse") and prescription drugs present in her system and suffered from heart disease at the time of her death, and now one of Houston's family members is trying to pin the troubled singer's demise on boyfriend Ray J.
Houston's former sister-in-law, Leolah Brown, went on CNN's Headline News with Dr. Drew last night and alleged that it was Ray J who provided Houston with the cocaine that was in her system. She even went so far as to say that Ray J was Houston's "runner boy" for drugs and just used his "boyfriend" status as a cover. She also claimed that Ray J was in Houston's hotel room on the night of her death.
Unsurprisingly, Ray J, 31, was quick to deny these claims. His representative told TMZ that the singer was unaware Houston was using again and had no part in her drug use. His rep also told Us Weekly that Brown's claims were "rife with false statements."
"Even though Leolah Brown was nowhere near the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the day Whitney Houston died, Ms. Brown falsely claimed that Ray J was at the hotel and contributed to Whitney Houston's death," his rep tells Us. "Even the most minimal inquiry with anyone actually in contact with Whitney would reveal that Leolah Brown had been out of contact with Whitney for more than a year."
TMZ, meanwhile, has sources who claim that someone removed evidence of cocaine (as well as items such as bed sheets) from Houston's hotel room before authorities arrived on the night of her death. According to the site, the Beverly Hills Police Department is saying that its investigation into Whitney's death is still open.