Whitney Houston's Body Covered With Scars

Missing 11 teeth; showed signs of heart, liver disease
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2012 12:57 AM CDT
Updated Apr 9, 2012 3:10 AM CDT
Whitney Houston's Body Covered With Scars
Whitney Houston performs in 2010 in London.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)

Whitney Houston's troubled history was written on her body. A mix of scars, cuts, burns, and abrasions—most of them several years old—riddled the body of the 48-year-old singer, according to the coroner's report. Besides the burns she suffered during her death in a hotel bathtub and a hole in her nasal septum from years of cocaine use, a puncture mark was still visible on her arm, and extensive cosmetic surgery marred her stomach, chest, and thighs, reports the Sun. Houston was missing 11 teeth and showed signs of heart and liver disease.

Houston had a notoriously violent relationship with long-time hubby Bobby Brown. She once detailed in an interview with Oprah Winfrey her nights of drugs and fist fights with the volatile Brown. The wear on her body was somewhat similar to Michael Jackson's corpse, riddled with drug injection marks and scars from at least 13 cosmetic operations, notes the New York Daily News. Unlike the extremely thin Jackson, however, Houston was "well-built, muscular, and fairly well nourished," the coroner found. (More Whitney Houston stories.)

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