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Whitney Houston: Another Hollywood death linked to drugs

March 22, 2012 |  5:57 pm

An autopsy confirmed what many had speculated since Whitney Houston’s death last month of the eve of the Grammy Awards: another high-profile Hollywood death that was linked to drug use.

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

Comic actor <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB000435" title="John Belushi" href="/topic/entertainment/john-belushi-PECLB000435.topic">John Belushi</a>, who long had a reputation for excess, was found dead from an overdose of cocaine and heroin in his bed at the Chateau Marmont hotel on Sunset Boulevard on March 5, 1982. Belushi performed on <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENTTV00000001" title="Saturday Night Live (tv program)" href="/topic/entertainment/television/saturday-night-live-%28tv-program%29-ENTTV00000001.topic">"Saturday Night Live"</a> before making the transition to movies including "Animal House" and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ENMV0011032" title="The Blues Brothers (movie)" href="/topic/entertainment/movies/the-blues-brothers-%28movie%29-ENMV0011032.topic">"The Blues Brothers."</a>

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.

PHOTOS: Whitney Houston, 1963-2012

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.


Numerous drugs found in singer's system

Houston may have had heart attack before drowning

-- Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein


Photos: Whitney Houston in 2009. Credit: Associated Press; John Belushi; Credit: Universal Studios; Chris Farley. Credit: AP