Whitney Houston's Cause of Death Won't Wreck Her Legacy

 

whitney houstonAfter a little more than a month since her passing, the official word on Whitney Houston's final cause of death has come to light. According to the L.A. County Coroner's office, she drowned due to atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use. And yes, they did say that traces of cocaine were found in her body. As those closest to her and even the public thought she was on the path to sobriety, it's certainly heartbreaking to hear that news.

But, at the same time, not exactly surprising. Addiction is a tricky beast, and as Whitney herself told Diane Sawyer in her famous 2002 interview, nobody made her do what she didn't want to do. She said, "The biggest devil is me. I'm my best friend and my worst enemy." So sad ... but, at the very least, fans can take heart in the realization that her cause of death can't tarnish her legacy.

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We all know Whitney had her shortcomings, and she battled some major demons, very publicly at times. But rewind to the peak of her career ... I remember being about 10 years old, right around the time of The Bodyguard, thinking that she was the ULTIMATE entertainer of the time. Pop hits, blockbuster films. What couldn't this woman do? But, as years went by, it seemed like she was floundering more and more, and yeah, as a fan, I was crushed to see her seemingly fall away from what she did best. And yet, her struggles then couldn't change how amazing she will always be in my memory. Likewise, neither will her final demise.

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Like many icons before her, she made such an impression on music and film that fans couldn't possibly hold her battle with drugs against her. Yes, even after they claimed her life. How could we? No one is perfect -- especially not artists like Whitney. And it's not like she wasn't honest about who she was and the addictions she faced. 

In the end, it doesn't matter that she was her own biggest devil and that it led to her untimely death. Her fans will always love her for the amazingly talented -- and unfortunately, at times, tortured -- woman she was.

How do you feel about Whitney's final cause of death?

 

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