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Wednesday
Apr042012

Whitney Houston Found Face Down in Bathtub with White Powder, Bloody Nose

LENNART PREISS/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- 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 Wednesday.

She was found face down in a water-filled bathtub with a "bloody purge coming from her nose." 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 Wednesday'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 face down 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.

[[READ FULL CORONER'S REPORT HERE (PDF)]]

What was in the room: The detective assigned to the case said that prior to his arrival in the room at 10:20 p.m. on Feb. 11, the "majority of [Houston's] prescription medication bottles had been removed from a brown bag that was on top of the table in the southeast corner of the living room, and then placed on top of that same table." He also noted that Houston's purse was on the couch, and her ID had been removed from the wallet.

An open bottle of champagne sat on the mini-bar. An open can of beer was on a table. Plates of food were scattered across three tables in the room. There was also a bottle of beer on a nightstand and several loose tablets.

What was in the bathroom: There was approximately 12 inches of water in the shallow end of the tub, and 13 inches of water in the deep end. A towel, a bottle of rubbing alcohol, and a pitcher sat in the bathtub. An ashtray filled with multiple cigarette butts sat on a counter in front of the sink. Also on the counter was the "small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper."

Remnants of a "white powdery substance" were also on the counter.

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 showed no signs of foul play. The autopsy report stated that Houston weighed 151 pounds, was "muscular and fairly well nourished" and described 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.

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