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Autopsy: Houston found face down with cocaine in body

Whitney Houston was found face down in a bathtub with trace of cocaine in her body, according to the final autopsy report that was released Wednesday.

According to Los Angeles County Coroner's report, the detectives found white powdery substances, a rolled-up piece of paper, a small spoon and a mirror in Houston's hotel room where she died, February 11, 2012.

Her last day alive, the singer complained about a sore throat so her assistant told her to take a bath before attending a pre-Grammy's gala thrown by her mentor Clive Davis. The assistant left Houston to run an errand at Neiman Marcus and when the assistant returned, she found Houston unresponsive, in approximately 12 inches of water. The 48-year-old singer had likely been dead for about an hour before she was found in bathtub water so hot that it scalded parts of her body.

Houston had battled drug addiction for years, and the report found that she had a perforation in her nose which is typical for habitual cocaine users. Toxicology test results showed cocaine in Houston's system when she died along with other drugs, such as marijuana, Xanax, muscle relaxant Flexeril and allergy medicine Benadryl, the report said. The official cause of Houston's death is drowning but with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors said the report.

Houston became famous for her voice and popular songs like "I Will Always Love You" and "I Want to Dance With Somebody". The sixth time Grammy Award winner sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos throughout her career.

Houston had just finished production of movie "Sparkle" before she passed away. "Sparkle" is a remake of the 1976 original, which is loosely based on the story of "The Supremes." Houston played the mother of three daughters including Sparkle, played by American Idol winner Jordin Sparks. The movie opens in theatres August 17, 2012.

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