Los Angeles Coroner Releases Whitney Houston Autopsy Report
The Los Angeles coroner today released its 42-page final report on the death of Whitney Houston.
According to the report, investigators discovered drug paraphernalia and apparent narcotics residue in the Beverly Hilton Hotel room where Houston, 48, died on February 11. The entertainer “possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications and alcohol.”
Houston, who was discovered face down in a bathtub by friends, had traces of cocaine, marijuana, and several prescription medications in her system at the time of her death, the cause of which has been listed as accidental drowning (with heart disease and chronic cocaine use as contributing factors in her demise).
Dated March 29, the report concluded that Houston's death was “due to drowning due to effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. No foul play is suspected. The mode of death is accident.”
The report also notes that a criminalist actually "used a sexual assault kit" on Houston in the hotel room where she died. The investigator "later booked the pubic hair kit, the fingernail clippings, the hair standards, and the sexual assault kit at the Forensic Services Center as evidence."
The autopsy report does not reveal why such a rape kit was deemed necessary, beyond noting that it was "per Departmental Protocol" and that "nothing remarkable being noted."
And since such invasive reports leave no details unexamined, coroner's officials made sure to note that Houston had a "perforation of posterior nasal septum" and McGhan breast implants (size: 230 cc).