Full Hous­ton au­topsy re­port to re­veal more de­tails

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Whit­ney Hous­ton’s full au­topsy re­port may of­fer more clues about whether the singer suf­fered a heart at­tack be­fore her drown­ing death, of­fi­cials said Fri­day.

The full re­port, which is ex­pected to be re­leased in a few weeks, may in­clude test re­sults and phys­i­cal de­scrip­tions of the singer’s heart that will show whether she suf­fered a heart at­tack, As­sis­tant Chief Coroner Ed Win­ter said. The re­port is be­ing com­piled and he said he did not have ac­cess to its find­ings, which might show whether there were any ob­vi­ous signs, such as dis­col­oration of her heart, that would sug­gest Hous­ton had a heart at­tack be­fore slip­ping un­der­wa­ter in a bath­tub at the Bev­erly Hil­ton Ho­tel on Feb. 11.

Hous­ton’s death has been ruled an ac­ci­den­tal drown­ing, with heart dis­ease and co­caine use listed as con­tribut­ing fac­tors.

The re­port also will in­clude de­tailed tox­i­col­ogy re­sults that will show how much co­caine and its byprod­ucts were in Hous­ton’s sys­tem when she died. Coroner’s of­fi­cials said Thurs­day that the re­sults showed the singer used co­caine shortly be­fore her death, and there were in­di­ca­tions of chronic use.

Bev­erly Hills po­lice de­tec­tives will use the full coroner’s re­port to com­plete their in­ves­tiga­tive file, which is not ex­pected to be pub­licly re­leased.

Hous­ton’s death on the eve of the Grammy Awards stunned the mu­sic in­dus­try and fans world­wide. The singer had bat­tled ad­dic­tion for years, but friends and fam­ily have said she ap­peared com­mit­ted to mak­ing a come­back in the months be­fore her death.

Jes­sica Simp­son

Whit­ney Hous­ton

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