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Published March 09 2012

Handwriting was ‘on the wall’ for Whitney Houston's death, relative tells Oprah Winfrey

LOS ANGELES — Whitney Houston's sister-in-law said she feared that drugs would end the singer's life.

In a partial transcript of an interview with Oprah Winfrey scheduled to air Sunday, Patricia Houston said she would be “kidding herself” to say otherwise.

Patricia Houston, who was her sister-in-law's manager, was asked if she thought drugs would end up “taking” Whitney Houston. The “handwriting was kind of on the wall,” she replied.

The pop star was changing how she lived, Patricia Houston said, and “it wasn't about substance abuse or anything like that relative to the ... latter days or anything like that.”

“It was just more of a lifestyle. I was afraid for other things,” Patricia Houston said. “I saw her chasing a dream, you know, looking for love in all the wrong places.”