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Whitney Houston's autopsy report has been released, offering new details about the circumstances of her tragic death in February at the age of 48. As the coroner's office announced two weeks ago, the primary cause of the singer's death at the Beverly Hills Hilton was drowning. The autopsy report reveals that Houston was found face down in the bathtub by her assistant, who had just returned from running errands.
The assistant told police that she had suggested Whitney take a bath, because the singer had been complaining of a sore throat for "a few days." After the assistant discovered Houston lying in around 13 inches of water, she and a bodyguard pulled out the body and called 911.
Houston's body, says the report, was undamaged, except for an "old healed vertical scar... on her inner lower left forearm." (Could be evidence of an earlier suicide attempt, but could be nothing; if it was recent, the report would have said so.) She also had a bloody nose and "perforation of posterior nasal septum," both of which could be related to cocaine use.
There were other signs of drug use in the hotel room, too. Multiple bottles of prescription drugs and loose pills were scattered around. On the bathroom counter, investigators found "a small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper." They also found a mirror with "remnants of a white powdery substance" in a bathroom drawer. The report notes that "chronic" cocaine use was a contributing factor in Houston's death.
In addition to cocaine, the report says that Houston had traces of marijuana in her system, as well as the anxiety medication Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the allergy medicine Benadryl.
"(Whitney) possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications and alcohol," notes the report.
Whitney Houston died on Feb. 11 in Beverly Hills, and was laid to rest the following week in her hometown of Newark, N.J. Her final project, the film Sparkle, will be released in August.