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Whitney Houston

Off the Wagon ...

With the Help of Enablers

2/15/2012 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0214_whitney_gsi_EX_01Whitney Houston was heavy into alcohol in the months before her death, and many of the people around her bent over backwards to accommodate her cravings for alcohol.

Sources who spent significant time with Whitney in the last few months tell us ... Whitney drank virtually every day leading up to her death. 

We're told when she started shooting the movie "Sparkle" she was sober.  In fact, Whitney's voice, we're told, was "phenomenal" and she would boast to people, "My voice is back!"

But after principal shooting, when Whitney went into the studio to dub various lines, we're told she was off the wagon.

We're told Whitney's immediate family -- and Bobby Brown -- became "extremely upset" because they believed the singer's friends were more than happy to accommodate her drinking whims whenever she wanted, even though it was apparent she had lost control.

As TMZ first reported, Whitney's family says authorities told them ... she may have died from a reaction to prescription drugs and alcohol.   We know she drank alcohol shortly before her death, and we're told she typically took Xanax -- one of the drugs found in her room -- before a performance to calm her nerves, and she was scheduled to sing at Clive Davis' Grammy party. 

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1.

Chase    

Sounds like a story planted by Bobby Brown supporters. I don't think he knows the first thing about her.

890 days ago
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RealityBites    

Chaka Cahn said she did drugs before she even met Bobby on TV the other night so top blaming Bobby Brown for her drug usage. She was a grown woman who made her own choices.

890 days ago
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Rhubino    

TMZ, why not just have a separate page dedicated to WH stories?

890 days ago
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Jim    

There is no such thing a rehabed dope addict. She was and was always a dope addict and her addiction killed her, no tears for the dope addict.

890 days ago
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Grace12_34    

How long are you people going to milk this story?

890 days ago
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really?    

B.S.! B.S! B.S! There is NO one to blame except weak, loser, Whitney herself. Dont cannonize her now - she made her own decisions and paid her own price.

890 days ago
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Jim    

Well I know for a fact that Heniken beer and burgers will make you fart. Maybe she farted in the tub and laughed her self to death.

890 days ago
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Tye    

And your point is?

890 days ago
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Stacy    

There sure is alot of blaming & lashing out going on over the death of Whitney. Thank you TMZ for fanning the flame.

890 days ago
10.

Jim    

Drinking won't kill ya, Drinking and drug abuse however, will kill ya.

890 days ago
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two cents    

Surprise, surprise. Same song; difference verse. No surprise there. You can take the girl out of the ghetto...

890 days ago
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Alexandra    

Maybe I missed it, but... why do you guys keep saying she was scheduled to perform? Every where else it was reported, and according to Clive Davis, she wasn't going to perform.

890 days ago
13.

GOD    

Ya don't say? The addict who died of an OD was off the wagon...
Milking the **** out of this, TMZ.

890 days ago
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UPYOURS    

Reminds me of the Garth Brooks song, "I've got friends in low places". Of course she had enablers around her. That's what addicts do. There are users, and I don't mean drug users, I mean people that use others, around and willing to enable. This is not news TMZ.

890 days ago
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DARRYL    

TMZ are you guys going to run any positive stories on Whitney.JESUS!!! we all knew Whitney had problems with substance abuse to keep rehashing every hour on her problems is making you guys look sickening the woman's body isn't even cold in the ground and all you guys have been doing is running a bunch of trash on her

890 days ago
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