After nearly six weeks of speculation, the coroner has released drowning as the cause of death for pop icon Whitney Houston, the Associated Press reported.
According to AP, officials for the coroner's office have noted heart disease and prolonged cocaine use contributed in the death of the former Mendham resident, who was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 11. The toxicology report said Houston also had trace amounts of benadryl and marijuana in her system.
Although several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, coroner's officials said they weren't in excessive amounts and have ruled the death accidental, AP reports.
Residents of Mendham and Chester after her passing, with remembrances of the two decades she spent as a resident.
An invitation only memorial was held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark on Feb. 18 and had guests that included Kevin Costner, Dionne Warwick and Alicia Keys, as well as music world luminaries Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder. Newark Mayor Cory Booker and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were also in attendance The audience for the invitation-only service included a star-studded guest list including Costner, Warwick and Keys, as well as music world luminaries Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Roberta Flack and Stevie Wonder.
Houston was at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield on Feb. 19.