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Whitney Houston autopsy report paints detailed picture of scene

April 4, 2012 |  5:00 pm

Whitney Houston

The scene of Whitney Houston's death got a lot clearer Wednesday with the release of a full autopsy report describing her body, found face-down in the water, and the hotel room, where authorities found a "white powdery substance," a rolled-up piece of paper, and a spoon and a mirror with that substance on them.

Though Houston's body was face-up when authorities arrived, interviews with those present at the scene revealed she'd been face down in the tub, which had been filled about a foot deep with hot water.

AutopsyA survey of abrasions on the body includes one on the left side of her forehead with an underlying bruise and a small, "very superficial" cut on her upper lip, both having occurred while she was alive.

DOCUMENT: Final coroner's report on Whitney Houston

The body was in the bath water for up to an hour, according to a time line determined by police.

The report also describes a "perforation of the posterior nasal septum" -- in other words, a hole in her nose that can occur with long-term cocaine use -- and "bloody purge" coming from her nose.

In late March, the L.A. County coroner released a ruling of Houston's death as accidental, with cause listed as drowning due to "the effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use."

According to the report, on a bathroom counter police found "a small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled-up piece of white paper, along with other miscellaneous items," and in a bathroom drawer they found "remnants of a white powdery substance, and a portable mirror on a base. On the bottom of that base were more remnants of a white powdery substance."

Cocaine, marijuana, dephendydramine (Benadryl), alprazolam (Xanax) and cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) were found in her system, and an empty Xanax bottle is listed on the report among the medication-related items found in the room.

PHOTOS: Whitney Houston | 1963 - 2012

Beverly Hills police told L.A. Now on Wednesday that they would finalize their investigation after reviewing the coroner's report and taking any appropriate action.

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Photo: Whitney Houston onstage in London in April 2010. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press


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