The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has determined that Whitney Houston’s official cause of death is: “drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.”

The coroner’s office also said the manner of death was an “accident.”

However, the toxicology report adds that “Cocaine and metabolites were identified and were contributory to the death. Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were identified but did not contribute to the death.”

Associated Press is also reporting the Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey explaining their results indicated “Houston was a chronic cocaine user.”

The Coroner’s report published it’s entirety:

RE: Coroner Case Number 2012-01022 - HOUSTON, Whitney Elisebeth The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner conducted an autopsy on the body of Whitney Elisebeth Houston, age 48, on February 12th, 2012. The final cause of death has been determined to be: DROWNING EFFECTS OF ATHEROSCLEROTIC HEART DISEASE AND COCAINE USE HOW INJURY OCCURRED: FOUND SUBMERGED IN BATHTUB FILLED WITH WATER; COCAINE INTAKE OTHER SIGNIFICANT CONDITIONS: NONE MANNER OF DEATH: ACCIDENT TOXICOLOGY: COCAINE AND METABOLITES WERE IDENTIFIED AND WERE CONTRIBUTORY TO THE DEATH. MARIJUANA, ALPRAZOLAM (XANAX), CYCLOBENZAPRINE (FLEXERIL) AND DIPHENHYDRAMINE (BENADRYL) WERE IDENTIFIED BUT DID NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEATH

No trauma or foul play is suspected. It is anticipated that the final Coroner report will be available for release within two weeks. crh03/22/2012

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