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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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Bianca    

Here are just some of the celebrities whose deaths were ruled to have been caused by prescription drugs:
Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, Jimi Hendrix,
Bruce Lee, Elvis Presley, Keith Moon, Abbie Hoffman, Def Leppard's Steve Clark, Dana Plato, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Chris Penn, Gerald Levert, Anna Nicole Smith

963 days ago
17.

brad    

Famous actress Heather Locklear was mixing a bunch of booze with Xanax on the afternoon that her sister called 911 and she was rushed to the hospital.

http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/01/heather-locklear-was-taking-xanax-9-1-1-call

Heather Locklear should be VERY grateful that her older sister was there to help her. She probably SAVED HER LIFE.

If Heather wasn't "scared straight" enough by her drug overdose she definitely SHOULD be freaked out by Whitney Houston's Xanax induced death. If she isn't already in rehab now, she BETTER get her butt in there very soon.

963 days ago
18.

automanager26    

and the winner by technical KNOCK OUT to bring its record to 300,000,000 wins and 0 lossses is DRUG ADDICTION...

963 days ago
19.

honesty    

How insane, so many Americans ODing on "prescribed" meds, while the government is blocking marijuana for pain/nausea/cataracts, when no one has ever overdosed on marijuana? Marijuana is illegal because it is a drug you can make yourself, which would cost the drug companies billions.

963 days ago
20.

Johnny Carcinoma    

Xanax (alprazolam) is a very commonly prescribed anti-anxiety medication with a relatively short half life. Taking it PRN (as patient feels needed) is quite common as would be taking it before a high stress situation for those suffering from panic attacks and/or anxiety disorders.

Do the world a favor and stop demonizing the medication. In due time the tox results and forensic exam will provide real evidence, instead of TMZ's amateur hour CSI claims.

963 days ago
21.

crazy christmas pie    

why was she even going to perform--her voice was shot, gone and no good? Her whole life in recent memory was one of denial and I personally was disgusted by her public behavior. She could no more sing any of her past hits than a frog. Everyone talking about how great her voice was is speaking of her voice 15 or 20 years ago

963 days ago
22.

Wms    

Tmz Ms.Houston was not scheduled to perform at the Pre-Grammy party per Vlive Davis' condolence speech at the party last night...

963 days ago
23.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I took xanax for anxiety and panic attacks and nobody knew about it except my husband. So, stop trying to make something sinister out of it for hits, TMZ.

963 days ago
24.

kathy    

Here we go with the excuses!! Knew that was going to happen!!

963 days ago
25.

the truth    

what if one of her people killed her? held her head under water?? just a thought. you never know.
RIP Whitney!!!

963 days ago
26.

Dumba$$es    

Prescription Pills + Alcohol = the # 1 killer in America. Its not hard drugs anymore and hasnt been for a decade now. Big pharmacy compaines are raking in billions while people die everyday from their "legal" medicines. How many tmz reports of celebs have died from o.d'ing on marijuana? None period yet they want to keep it illegal.

963 days ago
27.

Shrewsberry    

This is a really poor choice of photograph.

963 days ago
28.

MsRita    

STOP THIS MADNESS TMS. SHE DIED AND THATS THE END OF THE FREAKING STORY. HER FANS ARE GRIEVING.................I HOPE ALL YOUR SOURCES ARE LYING.

963 days ago
29.

Nina Pienkowski    

That's the most disrespectful picture to post right now. It's funny how the internet allows many of us to feel as if it's okay to not have an ounce of consideration for others. Shameful.

963 days ago
30.

jana lalewicz    

Why the hideous pics of Whitney tmz? Is this REALLY necessary. Also,TMZ never fails as the 'go to' place for nasty comments, not all but some. Again is this really necessary? Some are announcing her cause of death of course as if they have a crystal ball or as if they believe that the rest of us are too stupid to have thought it may be drugs? Theres an original thought so thanks to all those feeling the need to come here & talk about crack. Whatever. Anyone who was around in the 80's KNOW what this woman was & what she contributed to pop music. She was a legend. Possibly the best voice in the music industry...EVER. Christian roots & we have to remember that WE are the ones who gave her the label 'diva', not her. She was the best. I was present in Tampa Stadium when she sang the SSB at the Superbowl & it was magic...SHE was 'magic'. Give her, her 'due'.I wonder if some here really THINK before they speak? Is this how you'd like people to speak of YOU after YOUR death?

963 days ago
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