Coroner’s Report: Whitney Houston’s Death Was Years in the Making
Whitney Houston's highly-publicized battle with drug addiction provided endless fodder for stand-up comedians and late-night sketch shows, but the truth about the late singer's painful struggle was anything but comical.
At the time of her death on Feb. 11, 2012, the 48-year-old music legend suffered from a damaged liver, a heart condition caused by a 60 percent narrowing of the coronary arteries, and a perforated nasal septum, most likely the result of long-term cocaine use.
Even more disturbing were the outward signs of decades of drug abuse — 11 missing teeth, needle marks, and mysterious cuts and scars. The singer also suffered from severe burns, caused by the scalding hot water in her bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was found dead as the result of accidental drowning.
Severe as the damage was, the report states that Whitney was well-nourished and at a healthy weight (151 pounds at 5'6") at the time of her death. While traces of cocaine and prescription pills were found in her body, Whitney was completely sober while filming the movie Sparkle, which wrapped production last November.
According to Whitney's mother Cissy Houston, the stress of her comeback drove her to old habits, and ultimately, to her death.