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The cause of Whitney Houston's death this weekend won't be officially determined until the results of a toxicology report are released in four to six weeks, but fellow singing diva Celine Dion believes that it was the 48-year-old's celebrity lifestyle -- and not one specific incident -- that is to blame for Whitney's passing.
The "My Heart Will Go On" singer phoned in to Good Morning America to talk about Houston's passing, and she was quick to blame bad influences on the late icon's death.
"Whitney has been an amazing inspiration for me. It's just really unfortunate that drugs, bad people, bad influences took over. It took over her her dreams. It took over her motherhood," Dion, 43, said of Houston. "When you think about Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson... To get into drugs like that for whatever reason -- because of stress, bad influence, whatever."
Houston had waged a longtime battle with substance addiction and famously confessed in a 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer that she had used cocaine, marijuana and pills. And TMZ is now reporting that L.A. County Coroner officials have told Whitney's family that the singer died from a lethal combination of the prescription drugs (including Xanax) and alcohol.
Not surprisingly, Dion says she is terrified of the way superstardom has affected those before her, and doesn't quite understand how someone who has everything can find herself in such dire straits.
"What happens when you have everything? Love, support, motherhood… Something happens that I don't understand," she admitted. "That's why I'm scared of show business, of drugs and hanging out. That's why I don't go to parties!
"Taking pills to go perform and taking pills to wake up and taking pills to go to bed. It's so unfortunate," she continued. "I've always said you have to have fun and do music and you can never be part of show business because you don't what it's going to get yourself into. You have to do your work and get out of there."