Houston Found With Burns, Bloody Nose
Singer drowned in hot water: final autopsy report
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2012 8:47 AM CDT
In this April 25, 2010 file photo, singer Whitney Houston performs at the o2 in London as part of her European tour.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)

(Newser) – More tragic details from Whitney Houston's final autopsy report: The singer drowned in a bathtub, face down in "extremely hot" water, and had scalding burns on her body. Houston had complained of a sore throat before her death, and an assistant suggested a bath. The coroner's investigation ultimately concludes that heart disease and cocaine use both contributed to her death, although the amount of cocaine in her system was not toxic, an expert tells the Los Angeles Times. It was previously reported that cocaine and a drug spoon were found in Houston's room.

TMZ has even grimmer portions of the report: Houston had a "bloody purge coming from her nose" and a perforated posterior nasal septum, indicative of her history of drug abuse. Ultimately, the report states, Houston "possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications, and alcohol," though her official cause of death remains accidental drowning. In addition to cocaine, Houston had traces of marijuana, Xanax, Benadryl, and a muscle relaxer in her system when she died.

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Apr 5, 2012 8:24 PM CDT
Whitney died a week after I landed in America. I was there a month. I'm now back a month. They're still harping on about it. Would that issues of real importance lasted that many cycles. She's not coming back, nor is she getting any deader. Let the woman alone.
Apr 5, 2012 8:14 PM CDT
strange all these details were withheld at first. Now it sounds more and more like straight-up murder to me! I bet they Michael Jackson-ed her ass
Apr 5, 2012 1:20 PM CDT
I hope her tragic death will not be in vain. For all of those fans who adored her, I hope they will see just how distructive drugs can be. She had everything going for her and she threw it away. So sad, but hopefully her death will save someone else's life.