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COCAINE USE 'MADE WHITNEY DROWN' Singer also had a heart defect according to coroner's report.

Byline: TOM PARRY

WHITNEY Houston drowned in a hotel bath as a result of taking cocaine, it was revealed last night.

The singer's death was also due to previously unreported heart disease that caused blockages in her We arteries, according to a US coroner's report .

Other drugs were found in her bloodstream - including marijuana, Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the allergy medication Benadryl.

But Los Angeles coroner's spokesman Craig Harvey said cocaine was the only one which contributed to her death at the Beverly Hilton last month.

Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said toxicology tests showed Whitney, 48, was a chronic cocaine user.

The release of postmortem findings ends weeks of speculation about what killed the I Will Always Love You singer on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

She was found submerged face down in the bath of her apartment at the luxury Hollywood hotel and her J death has been ruled accidental. Several bottles of prescription pills were found in her room, but coroner's officials said they weren't in excessive quantities and no foul play is suspected.

Patricia Houston, the singer's sister-in-law and manager, said: "We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure."

Whitney became one of the world's biggest stars in the 80s with a string of hit singles and albums, but her decline into cocaine addiction overshadowed her earlier success.

Many friends blamed her stormy relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown for her heavy drug use. Footage from a party on the eve of her death showed her looking worse for wear and behaving strangely.

She died just hours before she was due to appear at a pre-Grammy Awards bash.

Whitney was buried in a New Jersey cemetery next to her father John after a service attended by family, friends and stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey and Roberta Flack.

In her will she left everything to her only child, 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina.

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