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Whitney Houston's Birthday on August 9, 2012 as 'Sparkle' Prepares for Release

August 9, 2012|8:21 am

Whitney Houston's birthday would have taken place on August 9, 2012 and the late singer would have turned 49 years old today.

The popular singer tragically died on February 11, 2012 when she was found unconscious in suite 434 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub.

Houston was the most-awarded female solo singer of all time, and was one of the bestselling artists, selling an amazing 170 million singles, albums and videos across the globe.

Mystery initially surrounded her cause of death and various rumors emerged in the days following her tragic passing. However, a coroner later ruled that she died of "accidental drowning" and that no foul play was suspected in her death.

The final autopsy report for singer Whitney Houston was released Wednesday, giving mourners of the late star new details about the last moments of her life.

The report revealed the Grammy-winning artist died face down in a foot of "extremely hot water."

The singer was found submerged in her Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel room last month by her personal assistant, who had stepped out of the room to pick up items for the singer from Neiman Marcus.

According to the report, Houston had complained of a sore throat and decided to take a bath prior to attending her mentor Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy award party. When Houston's assistant returned to the hotel room, the singer was lying face-down and unresponsive in the hotel room bathtub.

Investigators discovered a small spoon with a white substance in the bathroom where the star died, but did not test the powder to determine if it was drugs.

Two weeks ago, the singer's toxicology report was made public with the Los Angeles Coroner's Office concluding that Houston had used cocaine "not probably too much before she collapsed."

According to Dr. Drew Pinsky, who examined the final autopsy report for CNN, Houston died with a "moderate level" of cocaine in her system, which was not toxic.

Benadryl, Flexeril, Xanax, and marijuana were also found in the singer's system and the mix of drugs combined with years of heavy substance abuse are what likely caused the singer to lose consciousness and accidentally drown in the water.

Kristy McCracken of the Beverly Hills Police Department wrote in Wednesday's report that Houston "possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications and alcohol."

During her career Houston was candid about her drug use, particularly in a 2009 interview with Oprah Winfrey. The singer told Oprah that her drug of choice had been marijuana laced with cocaine and that her drug use started getting excessive following the birth of her only daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown.

"I had Krissy, it started getting heavy," she told Winfrey.

The 911 emergency call reporting Houston's emergency was later released.

A Beverly Hilton security staff member made the formal emergency call on Feb. 11, although he never identified Houston as the victim needing assistance.

"I need paramedics, apparently I've got a 46-year-old female, found in the bathroom," said the security officer in the recording. "That's all I've got right now, but they're requesting paramedics."

Houston was actually 48 years old at the time.

The pop diva started her career as a gospel singer, performing alongside her mother. But it did not take long before her talent was captured by the world spotlight and she soon became an international star. Her first album was hugely successful and spurned a number of number one hits.

Houston will feature in her fifth film role in soon-to-be-released movie "Sparkle." She completed filming just three months before her death, and the film is planned to be dedicated to her memory. "Sparkle" is scheduled to be released in theaters nationwide on August 17.

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