Throughout her career, from 1985 to 2012, the late singer Whitney Houston sold more than 200 million records worldwide.
She won six Grammys and 22 American Music Awards – including an Award of Merit (1994), an International Artist Award (2009), and 16 Billboard Music Awards.
History will also remember her as the first and only female artist to have eight consecutive multi-platinum albums and chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100.
In 1992, she starred The Bodyguard along with Kevin Costner. Not only was it her first film, but a significant success grossing $411 million worldwide. All in all, she had a fantastic music and film career before an abrupt end.
Whitney Houston’s career came to a permanent halt on February 11, 2012 – the night she died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.
She was found submerged in a bathtub in Suite 434. According to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, she died of drowning and the effects of cocaine use and atherosclerotic heart disease.
While the cause of death was made clear, the incident’s circumstances demand more elaborate explanations.
10 /10 Grim Autopsy Report
Some key findings in the autopsy report revealed indications and evidence of substance abuse. Toxicology analysis determined that at the time of her death, Whitney was intoxicated with cocaine.
Traces of cocaine were discovered throughout the body, indicating chronic use. Investigators recovered a small spoon sprinkled with a crystal-like substance in the bathroom where the bathtub was.
There was also white powder in the drawer. A variety of prescription medications, including Xanax (an anti-anxiety drug), was present in the room.
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In a toxicology report released to multiple media outlets, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office mentioned cocaine intake and that the body was found in a bathtub, submerged in water.
Even before her death, the singer was known to have substance abuse issues. Speculations arose about the possibility of whether drugs had something to do with her passing.
In addition to cocaine, the report said that other medications, including over-the-counter and prescription medications, were found in her body. While they certainly played a factor, the manner of death was ruled accidental.