Less than 24 hours after the world learned of the passing of R&B/Pop icon Whitney Houston, details surrounding her death are pouring in.
Houston, age 48, died yesterday in a Los Angeles hotel, reportedly after being found in the bathtub by members of her staff. On the cusp of the Grammys, various news outlets are reporting that the prescription drug, Xanax, may have played a role in the death of the legendary singer.
TMZ is reporting that Houston had a prescription for the medication, which is used primarily to treat anxiety and sometimes depression. In order to be effective in the treatment of anxiety, which can include panic disorder and panic attacks, Xanax, is a fast-acting psychoactive drug and its effects are usually felt within the first hour of ingestion. Xanax is usually taken once a day.
Side effects of Xanax include drowsiness, irritability, talkativeness, difficulty concentrating, and more. Drinking alcohol or the use of street drugs while on Xanax can increase these effects. Further, the combination heightens the effect of alcohol which includes drowsiness, dizziness, problems with coordination, and unusual behavior. Combining Xanax and alcohol can lead to a decreased heart rate and breathing, and can lead to death.
According to MSN.com, singer and Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown, broke down onstage in Mississippi last night (February 11) during a New Edition reunion tour performance. Fans were surprised at his decision to still perform with the legendary group he helped create in the 1980s, with Brown saying it was his dedication to the fans that led him to make the appearance despite the tragic news. At one point during his 10-song performance, he simply said, “I love you, Whitney.”
The Grammys are scrambling for a way to pay a sudden, unforeseen tribute to the musical icon who won six of the coveted awards during her 25+ year career. MTV reported that powerhouse singers Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson will pay homage to Houston during tonight’s (February 12) Grammy Awards show on CBS.