Whitney Houston Investigation: Mystery Of How She Became Face Down in Bathtub

By: Dylan Howard / April 4, 2012

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The Los Angeles County coroner’s final report into Whitney Houston provides more questions than it does answers.

Whilst Houston’s Feb. 11 death was deemed an accidental drowning with the “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use” as contributing factors, the 42-page document was short on an explanation of how the singer’s body become face down in a tub of hot water about 12 inches deep.

According to the report, Houston was last seen alive by her personal assistant in her Beverly Hilton hotel room at about 3 p.m. that Saturday.

The assistant left to run errands at Nieman Marcus after telling Houston, 48, to take a bath in preparation for Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party at the hotel that night, it said.

When the assistant returned to the locked room at 3:35 p.m. she found the multiple Grammy-winner “lying face down in the bathtub filled with water, unresponsive.”

“The assistant called for her bodyguard and together they pulled the decedent out of the bathtub,” the report stated.

Investigators also found “a small spoon with a white crystal like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper,” it was also revealed.

Along with cocaine, the toxicology tests, now released in full, established other drugs were in the diva’s body, including marijuana, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril and the allergy medicine Benadryl.

In another mystery, the report stated the bathtub water was 93.5 degrees — more than six hours after she was declared dead.

Beverly Hills Police Department Detective Eric Hyon told the corner that “the water temperature in the bathtub was 93.5 degrees” at 9.35 p.m., the report revealed.

Paramedics determined death much earlier in the day — at 3.46 p.m., he said — but investigators did not test the temperature of the water earlier.