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Whitney Houston

Taking Xanax

2/12/2012 7:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The body of Whitney Houston being removed from the Beverly Hills Hilton in an ambulance.
Whitney Houston was taking Xanax ... evidence she may have fallen asleep in the bathtub where she died ... TMZ has learned.

Family members of Whitney tell us the singer had a prescription for the drug, which is commonly used to treat anxiety and depression. 

We told you yesterday ... the night before Whitney died, she had been drinking a lot. Xanax mixed with alcohol can cause severe sedation, which could cause someone to fall asleep in a bathtub.

As TMZ first reported, Whitney was found in the bathtub and removed before EMTs arrived.  The L.A. County Coroner will perform an autopsy -- possibly today -- to determine if Whitney died from drowning, and OD or other causes.

As we previously reported, Beverly Hills cops obtained a search warrant and found various prescription bottles -- but, as far as we know, no illicit drugs.

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Rogue Warrior    

FIRST

RIP WH

950 days ago
2.

Jasmine    

May you R.I.P. beautiful Whitney Houston, you are the greatest voice to ever grace this earth

950 days ago
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King of TMZ    

I don't understand why some people drink medicine with other liquids than WATER??? the chemical reactions with the medicine would change! :S too bad for her. RIP Whitney.

950 days ago
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Kentucky    

I don't see how she could drown in a bathtub. She was so tall. Her knees would have to have been under her chin.

950 days ago
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Shawn    

R.I.P LOVE U FOREVER !!!! Your In GODS arms :(

950 days ago
6.

M    

No doctor should have prescribed xanax, which is highly addictive and prone to abuse, to a person with the addiction history she had.

950 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

What kind of Doctor would prescribe Xanax to a know drug addict who is also a know alcoholic? What happened to "Do no harm?"

950 days ago
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Mike44090    

I really hope TMZ doesn't start dragging Whitney's name through the mud with statements from unnamed sources. I think the backlash would not be good for your show.

950 days ago
9.

Chris    

Another dumb ass celeb.

950 days ago
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Jody    

Whatever the cause of death, it will be everyone else's fault but Whitney's. She very likely doctor shopped, but that won't be her fault. The bodyguards should have watched her take a bath, her minders should have kept her from partying.....on and on.

950 days ago
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jetfanglo    

Oh here we go......we knew that she was druggin' and drinkin'..i've seen pix..oh,where did i see them?...oh,yeah HERE..now what's next we gonna hear what she was brand of booze....let it go!!!!maybe she felt she could hit those notes like she did before,jeez,other than her who could.....who knows?....let's remember her for her talent..and that voice that back in the days could give you the chills....i was not shocked ....but i'm sad thinking of what it is.....a waste......peace and serenity to her family

950 days ago
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crazy christmas pie    

it only takes a teaspoon of water to drown. . . . .

950 days ago
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LisaT    

Xanax is not for depression. Its a hightly addictive anti-anxiety drug. Its a common drug for people who have a drug problem to abuse. Why would any doctor prescribe xanax to a known alcoholic?

950 days ago
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RaineeDrops    

Let's see what her tox-screen shows from the autopsy.

950 days ago
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Robin    

It does not make sense from what I've read. Her mother said she talked to her 1/2 hour before she was found dead. Producers from VH1 behind the music said they were setting up to do an interview with her and she was due there in 12 an hour. Maybe she fell and hit her head or something like that how could she go from fine to heavily sedated and drowning in 1/2 hour? RIP Whitney your an angel now. Praying for strength for her family.

950 days ago
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