Bobby Brown’s Sister Accuses Ray J Of Supplying Whitney With Cocaine, Ray J Responds!
Traces of marijuana, the anti-anxiety drug Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the over-the-counter allergy medication Benadryl were also reportedly found in Whitney’s system, but officials concluded those drugs were unrelated to her death.
“The final cause of death has been established as drowning due to atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. Other drugs were identified during the toxicology process. Those drugs were all at the therapeutic or sub-therapeutic level. They’re not considered to be related to the actual cause of death,” said L.A. County Chief Coroner Craig Harvey.
Watch the press conference below:
Atherosclerosis is a heart disease in which plaque builds up inside the walls of your arteries (blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to other parts of your body).
Over time, the plaque buildup narrows your arteries and makes them stiffer, making it harder for blood to flow through them. When this happens, blood flow to the heart can slow down or stop. The condition is often linked to heart attack and stroke.
Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter believes Whitney’s death was likely one of two scenarios. “She could’ve passed out first due to the intoxication from the cocaine, or she could’ve had a heart attack and then drowned,” he said.
The singer’s autopsy results indicate that she had used cocaine “in the time period just immediately prior to her collapse in the bathtub at the [Beverly Hills] hotel,” but that it “was not necessarily a lethal level of cocaine.”
Cocaine constricts blood vessels and in the presence of atherosclerotic heart disease, it increases the risk of heart attack, heart failure, and sudden death.
Whitney’s heart attack may have been caused by hardening of the arteries due to years of cocaine abuse.
The news ends weeks of speculation surrounding the singer’s death.
“We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure,” Patricia Houston, the singer’s sister-in-law and manager, said in a statement.
Meanwhile, Whitney’s former sister-in-law, Leolah Brown, told Dr. Drew Pinsky that Ray J was Whitney’s “Runner Boy,” as in he supplied her with cocaine.
She also claimed that she suspects Whitney’s death was foul play. Watch the clips below:
Following the interview, Ray J’s attorney, Howard E. King, released this statement:
“CNN Headline News [HLN] broadcast an interview with Leolah Brown last night that was rife with false statements about our client, Willie Ray Norwood, Jr., professionally known as Ray J. Even though Leolah Brown was nowhere near the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the day Whitney Houston died, CNN proceeded to broadcast an interview with Ms. Brown in which she falsely claimed that Ray J was at the hotel and contributed to Whitney Houston’s death. Even the most minimal inquiry with anyone actually in contact with Whitney would reveal that Leolah Brown had been out of contact with Whitney for more than a year and was no where near the scene on the day of her death. We urge you not to republish these defamatory stories and caution you that doing so without attempting to verify the truth of same will cause significant damages to our client which may result in legal action. Thank you for your cooperation with respect to this sensitive matter.”
HLN has not re-aired the interview and says they “regret that the allegations were aired.”
The final coroner’s report is expected to be released in the next few weeks.