Whitney Houston’s final hours involved “white powder,” “a small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it,” and a “rolled up piece of white paper,” according to the final Los Angeles County coroner’s report on the singer’s Feb. 11 death, released today.
She was found facedown in a water-filled bathtub with a “bloody purge coming from her nose,” according to the report. Remnants of a “white powdery substance” were on multiple surfaces in the bathroom of her room in the Beverly Hilton hotel, along with the spoon and rolled up paper.
Officials previously determined that Houston died from accidentally drowning in the bathtub of her Beverly Hilton hotel room. They also said heart disease and cocaine use contributed to her death. Information from today’s 42-page report has painted a clearer picture of what happened during Houston’s last moments and immediately after she died:
Between 2:45 and 3:00 p.m.: Houston complained of having a sore throat that had been lingering for a “few days.” Her assistant told her to take a bath and start getting ready for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party, then left. Her assistant then went to Neiman Marcus.
3:35 p.m.: The assistant returned to Houston’s hotel room and found the singer lying facedown in the water-filled bathtub, unresponsive. Water was on the bathroom floor as well, but the faucet was not running. The water was 93.5 degrees (determined “extremely hot” by the autopsy report).
The assistant called for Houston’s bodyguard; together, they pulled Houston out of the bathtub and tried to administer CPR. The assistant asked the hotel’s front desk to dial 911.
3:43 p.m.: 911 was called; paramedics arrived shortly after. When they arrived, Houston was lying on the living room floor.
3:55 p.m.: Paramedics determined Houston had died from a possible overdose of drugs, prescription medications, over the counter medications, and alcohol.
Houston’s body: The report described a “bloody purge coming from [Houston’s] nose” and “small scars” on her breasts “associated with breast implants.” Officials determined that Houston had a hole in her nasal septum before she died.
Houston’s forehead, hands, and arms had “superficial abrasions” but the report said that there were no signs of foul play. At the time of her death, the singer weighed 151 pounds, was “muscular and fairly well nourished,” the report said. She wore a wig tightly affixed to her head.
Drugs in the room: The report lists a number of prescription drugs found in the room, including Xanax, Dexamethasone, antibiotics, and Ibuprofen.
culled from abcnews.