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Whitney Houston

Took Xanax Before Big Shows

2/12/2012 8:38 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

People close to Whitney Houston were aware she was taking XanaxPeople close to Whitney Houston were aware she was taking Xanax -- and according to our sources, she told them she always took it before big performances ... like the pre-Grammy party she was scheduled to perform at last night.

We're told Whitney believed the Xanax helped calm her nerves before going out in front of people. According to our sources, Whitney claimed to have anxiety and panic attacks and the pills helped her relax before taking the stage. 

Our sources say the people inside of Whitney's hotel room when she died were aware Whitney would take Xanax before shows. We're told those people never saw Whitney take any pills, she would just tell them she did. They are unaware how many she would take or if she took any other drugs.

According to our sources, Whitney did not mention taking Xanax yesterday.

Our sources say Whitney had been in a good mood all day and was excited to be performing that evening.


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You use "our sources" way too often...

982 days ago


Why do they have to post the ugliest pictures?
A person died...let's have a little respect and post a pretty picture at least.
This is tragic :(

982 days ago


Whitney may be gone but her voice will never be silent - at least not in my house. RIP Diva! You will always reign supreme!

982 days ago

Prince Von A-Hole    

TMZ may have speculated to keep their death fetish going.

982 days ago


Clide Davis responded that Whitney was not scheduled to perform at the pre Grammy party. Wrong again TMZ

982 days ago


Wonder who was supplying the drug... tragic.

982 days ago


When did she smoke crack?

982 days ago


Looks like we have another Doctor Conrad Murray ont he loose

982 days ago


TMZ, youre starting to look sleezier and sleezier with each and every post. Like another viewer said, why pick the worst photos? You dont need to do that to put any sort of emphasis on the story; we feel the pain of her death without you posting a photo with her sweating or with her eyes squint. On top of that, why post people like Kim Kardashian in the middle of the Whitney posts? No one wants to see such trash or read about how she went to the Clive Davis party anyway, in between posts of our dear Whitney. I use to go to yall before I would even go to CNN; because you had character and integrity. I'm beginning to question both with how you've been conducting yourself lately; not just on this story but other tabloid nonsense you've been posting lately. Very disappointed in you TMZ!

982 days ago


Sad day. beautiful voice, beautiful person. My condolences to the family from a big fan from Brazil. RIP Whitney. We will ALWAYS love you princess!! Que Deus te receba nos bracos e voce descanse em paz!!

982 days ago


This is such sad news. R.I.P whitney, your talents will be missed .You were my idol, and its sad to see you go.

982 days ago


she should have stayed off the crack.

982 days ago


According to "CNN sources" she wasn't scheduled to perform last night...

982 days ago

You guys suck    

You have to take an INSANE amount of Xanax to OD on it. You'd have to take dozens of them. This shouldn't be news unless she had severe dependency which would entail more than 4mg a day. S***bag TMZ making news out of nothing.

982 days ago
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