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Houston had cocaine in system, white powder nearby when found; Spoon, mirror showed substance

Whitney Houston was found facedown in a bathtub with cocaine in her system and drug paraphernalia on the bathroom counter nearby, investigators revealed in the singer's final autopsy report released Wednesday.

The report delivered a grim accounting of Houston's final hours nearly two months ago. The singer complained of a sore throat, and an assistant suggested she take a bath before the start of a pre-Grammy Awards gala. By the time the assistant returned, Houston had drowned and was lying facedown in the tub.

Investigators who scoured the bathroom later found a "spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it" and a white powdery substance in a drawer and on a mirror, according the report. The report does not identify the substances as cocaine, although toxicology tests discovered the drug in Houston's heart and extremities.

The report provides a sad footnote to Houston's life, revealing the toll the singer's drug use took on her body.

When coroner's officials said two weeks ago that Houston died from accidental drowning, they also revealed that cocaine had played a role in her death. The office has said there were signs of both chronic and recent use.

An investigator noted a hole in the singer's nose, listed under "history of substance abuse."

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said he could not discuss how recently Houston may have used cocaine or other details of the final report.

Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said the investigation is still open and he could not comment on the findings. The department has said there did not appear to be signs of foul play.

Investigators initially expected that drugs or alcohol played a role in Houston's Feb. 11 death at age 48, but no alcohol was found in her system. They eventually ruled her death an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use cited as contributing factors.