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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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91.

grace    

Whitney died because, she had partied hard Friday night, and then, she had to take her prescriptions on Saturday, which made her drowsy, the two don't mix #justsaying

794 days ago
92.

Alexus    

OK!!! So what she was an DRUG ABUSER? So what she was an "ALCOHOLIC"? But she was also a GREAT SINGER,actress, producer, and model.And at the end of the day she has made more money then any of you "KNOW-IT-ALLS" will ever make in your lifetime.None of you guys know what happened, it was just her time to go. All of this nonsense that you all are speaking of is so IRRELEVANT! How about you stop making false statements and wait for the truth to come out. None of you are the doctors that prescribed her her medicine. None of you were there the night she "took" the pills. For all we could know she could've just died of natural causes. There is nothing anyone or anything can do to bring her back. And this is no way a WOMAN life Ms.Houston should be remembered as. R.I.P Ms. Whitney Houston , gone but never FORGOTTEN!!!

794 days ago
93.

Angelique    

Whitney Houston was not a WASTE, She made the WORLD Happy for DECADES! rip Whitney 3

794 days ago
94.

D    

and is also responsible for tardive dyskenesia

794 days ago
95.

Kimberley    

All you people who are boo-hooing over another celebrity who threw her own life away are stupid. I feel sorry for her daughter and family, but thats it. If she wasn't a celebrity NO ONE would care. I got 2 dislikes on my first comment...which leads me to believe that those people sh*t all over our military and the things they do and go through for the sake of our country so that YOU have the right to have your own opinions. Perhaps you should take your head outta your a$$ and get a life or perhaps YOU should go serve your country and get some perspective on REAL life.

794 days ago
96.

Anna Kalaydjian    

Sad to hear that such a talented and beautiful person is gone. She was very famous and she could have lived longer. My deepest condolences to Whitney Houston's family. RIP Whitney!

794 days ago
97.

NickKastle    

"No matter what they take from me, they can't take away my dignity." Those were her words. But her dignity is not in her bones, so let the vultures circle. Let the likes of Dianne Sawyer – with her icicle eyes -- suck on the marrow so they can sell another edition, bump the Nielsen. Let the host of media clones, that sad sick circle of lost souls who feed on the great ones' beauty, and later, on its destruction – let them chatter! But they are destroying the space great souls need to survive in the public eye.

Watching Adele on 60 Minutes, and in the Grammy's tonight, I wondered about her fate. The faces of those surrounding her as she naively clasped her awards, repeating "thank you, thank you" again and again with her impossibly beautiful eyes, those fond and condescending faces seemed to ask: when will the poison infect her, too? Did Adele sweep every prize because the media thrives off the beauty of innocence, a beauty they make impossible to maintain? Or is it really the poison of the of fame, of egotism which causes our stars to fall? Are they really eclipsed by their own magnified glory – even as they cry out that they will never walk in anyone's shadow?

The Sawyers and the next generation of even uglier media vixen present themselves as faithful regulators of who is deserving or underserving of pubic popularity. But what a tragedy that they destroy our heroes, tarnish the inspiration for our most soulful moments, desecrate them because they did drugs, because stayed with an unworthy husband, because they permitted their gifts to dwindle, because they were human! Must all our heroes fall before the puritanical interrogation of these holier-than-thou pundits who purport to be the arbiters of all that is decent and good? Their infantile simplification of all things to some dualistic morality is breeding a generation of jaded toddlers, people without faith and without maturity.

The media depicts anyone they've expelled, who has fallen off their radar or out of their good graces, as desperate to return to their favor. That is why every late-coming album is called a “comeback” – as if every gifted soul were clamoring for nothing better than to win back the spotlight and the monetary success it delivers. Are we to really believe that all of us are either greedy or vain? And if so, what's left? Too often, the only ones who can stand up to their “moral” scrutiny lack the truth and goodness that evokes such inspiration.

A lifetime's worth of icy-eyed broadcasts and critical articles will never be worth one of her songs! Each tarnishing piece attempts to tell us that her downfall was her own doing. Michael wasn't a victim. The 27's weren't kills. Artists are simply tortured, lost, vain. Is that what we should believe? See Elizabeth Gilbert's Ted Talk on that conception. But must heroes really have no flaws? Is Tiger unworthy? Or, is more than human foible to blame? Is the problem really this media industry that profits off creating and destroying heroes? Something is clearly wrong with a society in which the most beautiful people give up on their own lives. Rather than a slew of sad artists, I see a country where the good are systematically torn down, as if someone wished to see our faith in the good eroded until nothing remains. How long will we let them kill our prophets, to crush the angels of our youth?

794 days ago
98.

NickKastle    

"No matter what they take from me, they can't take away my dignity." Those were her words. But her dignity is not in her bones, so let the vultures circle. Let the likes of Dianne Sawyer – with her icicle eyes -- suck on the marrow so they can sell another edition, bump the Nielsen. Let the host of media clones, that sad sick circle of lost souls who feed on the great ones' beauty, and later, on its destruction – let them chatter! But they are destroying the space great souls need to survive in the public eye.

Watching Adele on 60 Minutes, and in the Grammy's tonight, I wondered about her fate. The faces of those surrounding her as she naively clasped her awards, repeating "thank you, thank you" again and again with her impossibly beautiful eyes, those fond and condescending faces seemed to ask: when will the poison infect her, too? Did Adele sweep every prize because the media thrives off the beauty of innocence, a beauty they make impossible to maintain? Or is it really the poison of the of fame, of egotism which causes our stars to fall? Are they really eclipsed by their own magnified glory – even as they cry out that they will never walk in anyone's shadow?

The Sawyers and the next generation of even uglier media vixen present themselves as faithful regulators of who is deserving or underserving of pubic popularity. But what a tragedy that they destroy our heroes, tarnish the inspiration for our most soulful moments, desecrate them because they did drugs, because stayed with an unworthy husband, because they permitted their gifts to dwindle, because they were human! Must all our heroes fall before the puritanical interrogation of these holier-than-thou pundits who purport to be the arbiters of all that is decent and good? Their infantile simplification of all things to some dualistic morality is breeding a generation of jaded toddlers, people without faith and without maturity.

The media depicts anyone they've expelled, who has fallen off their radar or out of their good graces, as desperate to return to their favor. That is why every late-coming album is called a “comeback” – as if every gifted soul were clamoring for nothing better than to win back the spotlight and the monetary success it delivers. Are we to really believe that all of us are either greedy or vain? And if so, what's left? Too often, the only ones who can stand up to their “moral” scrutiny lack the truth and goodness that evokes such inspiration.

A lifetime's worth of icy-eyed broadcasts and critical articles will never be worth one of her songs! Each tarnishing piece attempts to tell us that her downfall was her own doing. Michael wasn't a victim. The 27's weren't kills. Artists are simply tortured, lost, vain. Is that what we should believe? See Elizabeth Gilbert's Ted Talk on that conception. But must heroes really have no flaws? Is Tiger unworthy? Or, is more than human foible to blame? Is the problem really this media industry that profits off creating and destroying heroes? Something is clearly wrong with a society in which the most beautiful people give up on their own lives. Rather than a slew of sad artists, I see a country where the good are systematically torn down, as if someone wished to see our faith in the good eroded until nothing remains. How long will we let them kill our prophets, to crush the angels of our youth?

794 days ago
99.

Nwvotes    

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794 days ago
100.

MrsPink1    

So many hateful comments. I wonder how many of the people posting hateful comments were in church yesterday talking about how much the love the Lord and how they serve God. I wonder how your family would feel if people wrote these things about you when you die? would you want your mother, grandmother or children to read these things about you? I understand how cowards operate. Anybody can post hateful things on line. Cowards and Hippocrates, keep hiding behind your computer screens and cell phones. Say and post what you want. You are a coward. I'm so sorry Whitney was not the perfect saint of all things holy like you hateful critics. Rest in Peace Whitney, Jesus still died for you and others like you. He even died for hate filled critics. Hopefully they will change before their souls are called into judgement too.

794 days ago
101.

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794 days ago
102.

Thomas Bodetti    

The truth is that this is not a likely COD, simply because there were be thousands of such deaths every year and the facts do not support that. Xanax, the brand name for one of the few drugs on the market that does not have an LD 50, so the idea that someone fell asleep then drowned in the bathtub, not the COD sorry, I know it is popular to blame drugs but it is never the drugs fault it is always the people who take them that are ultimately at fault.

RIP, the list grows of famous Talented people who have lost their lives before their time due to a combination of street drugs, alcohol and other things, she will be missed, but we cannot pretend that she did not have a problem, that would be disrespectful to the hundreds that came before her and the many that will no doubt come after her.

The truth is that drugs are and will always be a problem, it has been so since the beginning of recorded human history even as far back as the Ancient Egyptian society, so the idea that somehow we have reached a plain of intelligence that brings us up to a point where we can now blame drugs not the people who take them well that is just sad.

794 days ago
103.

dvanilla    

To all the speculators and slanders read the article. '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.

794 days ago
104.

Tony the Giant    

Trust me, don't let nothing happen to you in California, when it comes down to foul play. They got a f--!! up law. That allows celebrity to take advantage of it. They got a law, where the only punishment for murder is the death penalty. No other exceptions to the rule, like everywhere else, like life in Prison, or 20-life, like everywhere else.And I believe it's like that on purpose. Where they have this special interests, where they'll never execute an celebrity in California. And will find them innocent, no matter how much evidence they have against them. I read about that right after the O.J.Simpson Case. Like they given celebrities in California a license to kill. Sorry a--mf's

793 days ago
105.

Rwm101    

U woke up Sunday morning, with the tv turned all the way down, and was going back to sleep. But for some reason, I kept seeing Whitney's picture popping up in the middle of the Early Morning Show. With no words underneath it. But I paid it no mind. Then I opened my eyes, again, and saw her picture again. This time I got suspicious. And when it blinked off, and proceeded to a station break. I immediately, went straight to my P.C. to find out what was going on. And it was an eulogy that Whitney was dead. I just sat there for about a whole minute, like I was in a state of shock, just staring at the computer, before I re-grouped. That news hit me like a ton of rocks. I couldn't believe what I was hearing man. I started uncontrolably shivering and everything. eyes getting wet. I couldn't control it. And that's just how I feel everytime I think of that first moment, when I found out the news. I get that same uncontrolable reaction.

793 days ago
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