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‘Whitney, you had us all fooled’

Whitney Houston hid her drug habit from her friends and family in the weeks before her tragic death.

The 'I Will Always Love You' singer - who had a history of substance abuse - was found dead in the bath tub of her hotel room in February after suffering a huge heart attack partly brought on by her cocaine abuse but those close to her thought she had been clean for two years.

Singer Whitney Houston performs during a taping of Good Morning America on ABC in New York September 1, 2009. Photo: Reuters. Credit: REUTERS

Whitney's pal and entertainment consultant Raffles van Exel said: “Whitney was good at hiding her drug habit. I honestly thought she was clean in the two years before she died. Yes, she would have the occasional drink. And I knew she was taking painkillers and the anxiety drug Xanax. But I never suspected she was using hard drugs.

“It really shocked me when I found that out. And actually it made me quite mad because I thought, 'Whitney, you had us all fooled.' Everyone thought Whitney was in a good place and we never ­imagined anything like this was going to happen.”

However, Raffles said 48-year-old Whitney - who had been using cocaine at the time of death - had a premonition she was going to die.

He told the Sunday Mirror newspaper: “But looking back, Whitney seemed to have a premonition about her death. She started carrying a Bible around everywhere she went and would read from it all the time.

“Also, she kept talking about 'leaving' America. I thought she meant she was going to Switzerland, where she had talked about living, but now I realise she meant she was leaving this world.” - Bang Showbiz

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