Whitney Houston passed away suddenly over a month ago on February 11, but the investigation into her death is only just now getting to the bottom of what killed one of the greatest pop performers of all time. According to People, a source close to the investigation examining Houston’s untimely death indicates that Whitney died of accidental drowning; reports at the time of her death indicated that she was discovered in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Cocaine was found in the singer’s body, in addition to marijuana, Benadryl and other medication. There is evidence to suggest that both cocaine and preexisting heart disease were factors in Whitney’s passing.
The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office has since confirmed People‘s reported findings. Houston, who allegedly left her entire $20 million estate to her daughter Bobbi Kristina, had long struggled with drug abuse. The report’s findings bare out suspicion that a combination of substances had a hand in Whitney’s demise, but seem to contradict the initial findings of the LA.County Coroner’s Office, who first believed that Houston did not drown, but instead may have passed away due to a toxic combination of drugs and alcohol first. “We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure,” the Houston family said in a statement this evening. Regardless of her cause of death, our hearts will continue to break for Whitney Houston and her loved ones.