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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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31.

Sonya in Tx    

Well, she was a hopeless addict. Bury her and warn your kids that they too will end up like Whitney if you choose to squander your talent with drugs.

880 days ago
32.

Brent    

If you look at the cast of Sparkle, you can see who the "enablers" were. After looking at that list, you can see how Sharpton and Jackson will be angry that they can't blame whitey for this one.

880 days ago
33.

Seldombinlaid    

Who is the gal standing next to Whitney, I see her in other pictures with her as well. She's usually smileing.

880 days ago
34.

leilee    

Various people other than Bobby Brown have come forward and stated WHITNEY WAS DOING DRUGS AND DRINKING LONG BEFORE SHE MET HIM. Let it go already. The pictures from that night tell the story. She's a freaking mess and as I said in another comment Bobby Brown was in another state when all of this happened. Her entourage was there with her but no one tried to stop her. Lay the blame where it belongs...at the feet of the people who were ACTUALLY WITH HER AND IN THE ROOM and who didn't step in and say "Whitney, you need to slow down on the booze and pills." Her entourage was nothing more than a group of enablers who were too afraid to say NO to the almighty Whitney Houston for fear of being ejected from her "group".

880 days ago
35.

PTR    

So, what it boils down to is that her friends, the people who claimed to love her and care for her, really didn't give a sh** about her at all. They didn't love her and they didn't care about her. They cared only about themselves. If anyone really, truly cared about what was happening to Whitney for all these years, they would have intervened. Yes, she was an adult. But, she was incredibly immature. She was never really allowed to grow-up, emotionally and mentally.

880 days ago
36.

shadough    

She was 48 years old, and responsible for her own choices. I'm sick of Nancy Grace trying to sensationalize this story with this BS like she did with jacko. Neither of them were retarded, then again maybe they were.

880 days ago
37.

Morgan    

There was a principal shooting? Wow,that didn't make the news. TMZ...that is a fourth grade error...

880 days ago
38.

David    

Case in point - Anderson Cooper interviewing Kelly Price, who spent the night before with her at her nightclub benefit - "My kids were there, all we did was drink champagne, she was happy." Rehab not six months earlier and you think it is cool that she drank champagne all night? Enablers indeed.

880 days ago
39.

Different Rules Apply    

Whitney was a grown up ~ if she wanted to drink, it was her doing. Enablers?? C'mon, is the package store clerk an enabler? She knew what she was doing.

880 days ago
40.

shadough    

OMG, the whacko jacko fans are feeding off this bullcrap like a tub of piranha.

880 days ago
41.

Areader    

Too many hangers on who who refuse to say no!

880 days ago
42.

Gloria    

Who is that scary woman with her?

880 days ago
43.

Dr. Dre    

Weird...Clive said that Whitney was NOT scheduled to sing...hmmm

880 days ago
44.

Kari    

Yet these enablers all have gone on the news and described themselves as "friends". I don't think so.

880 days ago
45.

Snowman with a Turnip Nose    

Of course her entourage of toadies enabled her. They didn't get paid to tell her: "You probably shouldn't do this and that". To bad for them that the gravy train finally ran out of steam. I wonder how many job offers for a position as "Whitney's friend" will open up in the future? Maybe they should change careers and become "Oprah's best friend's friend's assistants"?

880 days ago
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