Whitney Houston: Another Hollywood death linked to drugs
Houston’s death comes three years after Michael Jackson died at his Holmby Hills mansion after taking a powerful sedative that is typical only administered in a hospital setting.
Cocaine has played a role in several high-profile dea
ths among entertainers. In 1982, John Belushi died of a combined injection of cocaine and heroin known as a speedball at the Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip. Fellow “Saturday Night Live” performer Chris Farley died of an accidental overdose of cocaine and morphine in Chicago in 1997.
Houston's use of cocaine "exacerbated her heart condition" and played a role in her accidental drowning in the bathtub of a Beverly Hills hotel suite, Los Angeles County Chief Coroner's Investigator Craig Harvey said Thursday.
Houston had battled with drug addiction for years, and the coroner’s office found traces of several drugs, including marijuana, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and Benadryl in her system.
But the coroner’s office concluded that those drugs were not connected to her death.
-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein
Photos: Whitney Houston in 2009. Credit: Associated Press; John Belushi; Credit: Universal Studios; Chris Farley. Credit: AP