Celebrity Roundup: March 23, 2012

Celebrity Roundup: March 23, 2012

By Sam Lansky 03/23/12

Toxicology reports confirm Whitney Houston used drugs before her death, Jezebel examines celebs' go-to "dehydration" excuse for drug use, and George Clooney to launch a tequila line.

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Toxicology confirmed that Whitney Houston
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Although Whitney Houston’s final cause of death was determined to be drowning, the speculation about possible drug use in the days leading up to her death proved warranted when results from the toxicology report came back yesterday: Cocaine, Xanax and several other prescription drugs were found in Houston’s system. The coroner’s report claims that heart disease also contributed to the singer's death. 

Actor Wes Bentley has his highest-profile role in a decade with today’s opening of The Hunger Games—and he’s revealed it’s only now that he’s ready to return to the spotlight, following several years of drug addiction that culminated in a 2008 heroin bust. Now sober since 2009, Bentley claims that he “didn’t handle [fame] particularly well… and I was already prone to vices.” Given that the movie is a guaranteed smash, he’d better be prepared for fame the second time around.

Eighties R&B crooner El DeBarge has been out of the spotlight for a while now—and it looks like he might just stay that way, since police say a recent drug run-in with the law won’t result in any charges. DeBarge was arrested Tuesday for possession with intent to sell after police witnessed him allegedly selling rock cocaine to another man on the street—but, luckily for DeBarge, there wasn’t enough evidence against him, and so the charge has been dropped.

It’s pretty much assumed that when a celebrity is hospitalized or arrested following a bout with “dehydration,” that excuse is suspect—and Jezebel has the whole dirty history of celebrities confusing thirst with drug-induced delirium. Some celebs partial to this excuse? Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Brandy, Owen Wilson, Dave Chappelle, Amy Winehouse and Kelly Rowland. Somebody get these stars a Gatorade!

The trend of celebrities lending their names to lines of top-shelf drinks and wines is pretty well-established by now—and now there’s a new A-lister jumping on board: George Clooney, who plans to debut a tequila called Casamigos with his restaurateur buddy Rande Gerber, who is also Cindy Crawford's husband. “The product speaks for itself,” said Gerber—although a little product-placement in the next Ocean's 11 movie probably can't hurt, either.

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