…at least it was the cause of her heart disease, subsequent heart attack and accidental drowning. For her family, her mother especially, the knowledge that her daughter was still using is a shocking one. To the rest of the world…not so much. Whitney Houston’s self-destruction took two decades. Had she not died when she did, with a 60 per cent reduction in her arteries BECAUSE of her chronic drug use, she was a ticking time bomb.