Whitney Houston was found face down in the bathtub with a bloody nose and the remnants of cocaine nearby, according to the final coroner’s report.
A ’’small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled-up piece of white paper’’ were found on the counter of her Beverly Hills hotel room, while ’’remnants of a white powdery substance’’ were found in a drawer and on the base of a portable mirror. Tests later confirmed the powder to be cocaine.
She had two superficial abrasions on the left side of her forehead, one on the bridge of her nose, and several other small abrasions on her body—although there were no signs of foul play.
According to gossip website TMZ—which has obtained a copy of the report—Whitney’s long-term cocaine usage was evident by a hole in her [nasal] septum, and she was also suffering from mild emphysema.
The chief coroner believes The Bodyguard star took the drug just before her death on February 11—which has been attributed to accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use.
On the day of the tragedy, Whitney had been complaining of a sore throat and decided to take a bath before a pre-Grammy party. Her assistant left to run errands and returned at 3:35 p.m. to discover the lifeless body of the 48-year-old mother-of-one lying face down in about 12 inches of hot water.
The report states: ’’The assistant called for her bodyguard, and together they pulled the decedent out of the bathtub.’’
Paramedics arrived about 10 minutes later and moved her to the living room floor before concluding she was dead at 3:55 p.m.
The report also notes Whitney was wearing a brown wig ’’tightly attached to her hair," and that traces of marijuana, Xanax (anxiety medication), Flexeril (muscle relaxant) and Benadryl (allergy medication) were also found in her system at the time of her death.
The document, which was released on Wednesday (Aptil 4) adds: ’’[Whitney] possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications and alcohol.’’
According to RadarOnline.com, other items found in the room included: ’’A plastic bag ripped open with pills spilling out, medication bottles and an ashtray with cigarette butts.’’