Dr. Drew Pinsky On Whitney Houston Death Finding: 'Do Not Close The Case' (VIDEO)
Dr. Drew Pinsky -- a practicing physician and specialist in addiction medicine -- has used his HLN show to question the Los Angeles County coroner’s final report into the death of Whitney Houston, saying: "This still leaves open the possibility of foul play."
Dr. Drew, along with Celebuzz Editor in Chief Dylan Howard, analyzed the full coroner's report on-air Wednesday, a document that determined the 48-year-old diva died of an accidental drowning with the "effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use" as contributing factors.
"This theory that she had some sort of heart problem, I take issue with that," Dr Drew, who did not treat Houston, told his audience.
"She had mild -- not even mild -- minimal heart disease. Sixty percent coronary stenosis is something that no doctor would do anything with, because it is harmless."
The report stopped short of detailing how Houston ended up face down in a tub of "extremely hot water," that was determined to be about 12 inches deep.
Dr. Drew suggested the songstress might have suffered a seizure brought on by the use of cocaine, possibly combined with a withdrawal from alcohol and a prescription sedative.
"The theory that they are trying (to have us believe) that she must have had a rhythm disturbance in her heart, or maybe a clot that formed in one of her arteries," he said.
"Neither of which there is any evidence of in this report. That's a pure guess.
"I say there is another clue in this: her being upside down in the bathtub... and low levels of Xanax in her blood, in spite of empty pill bottles behind her bedside."
He added, "Here's a way to induce a seizure: not taking Xanax after having been on it for a period of time, the blood level goes low, (chance of a) seizure goes up.
“Cocaine induces seizure as well, cannabis is of no help here. She is on all these things that can create a seizure. Everything looks like she had a seizure and they (the Coroner's office) are not saying seizure."
As Celebuzz earlier reported, detectives found a rolled up piece of paper, a small spoon and a mirror - all items used by cocaine users - in the bathroom of the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11.
When Howard explained that the report stated the bathtub water was 93.5 degrees — more than six hours after she was declared dead -- Dr. Drew concluded: "I don't think they should close it (the case) as this still leaves open the possibility of foul play."
Said Howard: “This is perplexing... When she was declared dead at 3.46 in the afternoon -- the temperature of the water was not taken until later that night, at 9.35 p.m. -- and it was 93.5 degrees, six hours after she was declared dead.”
"How is that even possible?" Dr Drew queried.
"I feel that this report provides more questions that it does answers," said Howard, to which Dr. Drew responded: "I completely agree with you."
Dr. Drew Pinsky is a nationally renowned addiction medicine specialist, the host of HLN’s primetime Dr.Drew on HLN (9pm ET & PT) and Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers on the CW. He can also be heard on the nationally syndicated “Loveline” radio program.