Was Whitney Houston off of Cocaine when she died as she claimed to be?
Sorry to say she was not. Toxicology results were released Thursday (March 22nd) that determined Whitney Houston had cocaine in her system when she drowned in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room on February 11th. The official cause of death is accidental drowning, atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine abuse. The coroner ruled that cocaine was used very close to the time of death. The cocaine led to a cardiac event of some sort, it is believed that she lost consciousness and slipped under the water and drowned. That’s not what her friends and fans wanted to hear.
At the time of Whitney Houston’s death her former husband, Bobby Brown was doing a sound check just south of Memphis in Southaven, MS. He decided to perform that night instead of going to be with his daughter.
In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2009, Whitney Houston admitted to her drug use, which she said started off as recreational before she began filming the 1992 blockbuster "The Bodyguard" which also starred Kevin Costner. After Bobbi Kristina was born Houston said “It started getting heavy." Her drugs of choice were cocaine and marijuana.
In 2000, airport security officers in Hawaii found a half ounce of marijuana in Houston's bag. She left the airport before police arrived and was never charged.
By 2001, Houston's was nothing more than skin and bones at the 30th anniversary special for Michael Jackson in August. She shocked the public once again in 2002 during her interview with Diane Sawyer. When pressed about her rumored drug use, Houston declared, "Crack is wack. Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let's get that straight. Okay?"
Drowning was the cause of death but it now appears as if she had never been off the coke completely, maybe she was telling the truth about crack but it was cocaine, regardless of the form, that led to her downfall.
I wrote this story about the cause of Whitney's death because it's news. For me personally, I don't care how much she drank or how many lines she did before her bath, other than the fact that it took her away from us. Whitney Houston in my eyes was a national treasure that could sing like no other. She made some bad choices and paid the ultimate price for them. I celebrate her for who she was, not condemn her for what she did.