On Thursday (March 22), over a month after she was found lifeless in a Beverly Hills hotel room, the L.A. Coroners Office issued an official report announcing the cause of Whitney Houston's death. The 48-year-old singer died of accidental drowning, potentially triggered by a heart disease complications set off by drug use. Coroner's officials found cocaine in Houston's system at the time of death and her family have since issued a statement, expressing that they are 'saddened' by the news.
"We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure," Whitney's manager and sister-in-law Patricia Houston said in a statement to the Associated Press.
During a recent interview with Oprah, Patricia Houston explained the sequence of events that took place on the day of Whitney's death. "She'd been asking for me all morning. ... She called my phone twice. She hadn't seen my face. Usually I go up and see her and that was one day I didn't,” Patricia said, detailing the scene as she made her way to Whitney’s room, "and I hear screams. I kept walking very slow. A woman opened her door and said, 'Is everything all right?' I said 'Dial 911.' "
"I knew something was wrong. I didn't know what. I was just numb. I walked," she continued. "As I got closer," says Pat, "and I turn the corner, [her assistant] Mary's at the door and she's screaming, 'Oh my God.' I told her to stop. 'Calm down, please.' "
"I saw my brother, Ray, trying to revive her to the point of exhaustion. The paramedics were coming in at that point. I said, 'Ray, let it go.' He was so out of breath. I felt so badly for him."
Patricia Houston told Oprah that she felt the singer was making changes in her life, when asked if she thought that drugs would take her life too soon. "Things were really changing with her," she said. "Very much so. It wasn’t about substance abuse or anything like that….I was afraid for other things, lifestyle, more so.”