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Friends Remember Whitney Houston
February 11, 2012
Hollywood is still reeling from the news that Whitney Houston has did, this afternoon in Beverly Hills.
Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, tells us, "I just can't talk about it now. It's so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby."
Whitney's longtime friend and producer Quincy Jones tells The Insider, "I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing. Ashford & Simpson first made me aware of Whitney when she was just sixteen, and I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."
The Recording Academy said in a statement, "Six-time GRammy winner Whitney Houston was one of the world's greatest pop singers of all time who leaves behind a robust musical soundtrack spanning the past three decades. Her powerful voice graced many memorable and award-winning songs. A light has been dimmed in our music community today, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends, fans and all who have been touched by her beautiful voice."
Tony Bennett tells us, "It's a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed."
Other stars took to Twitter to remember this icon: "We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney's family. She will be missed." - Christina Aguilera
"Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth." - Mariah Carey
"I'm in shock. Whitney was such an amazing artist. When I started my English career, I wanted to be like her. I loved her so much. My prayers go out to her daughter and to all of her family." - Celine Dion
"I am completely devastated by the loss of the greatest voice of all time! R.I.P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you!" - LA Reid
"Wow I am devastated. The world has lost another one of the best voices in history. RIP whitney houston, so fortunate am I to have worked with u, and have u touch my life. May god bless this family." - Randy Jackson
"Condolences to #whitneyhouston's family. What a tragic loss for the music world and her fans around the globe ." - Vanessa Williams
"I am devastated. I am absolutely devastated at the news about Whitney Houston. Such a tragic, tragic loss." - Paula Abdul
"Marilyn, Elvis, Michael, now Whitney...those given extraordinary talent and beauty taken from us too soon." - Suzanne Somers
"Such a loss. One of the greatest voices of our time. Sending out prayers to her family." - Jennifer Lopez
"Whitney was the reason many of us do what we do. "a few stolen moments is all that we share" RIP" - Pink
"I found my voice singing Whitney Houston's music. Today I lost my idol." - Jessica Simpson
"My prayers go out for whitney and her family." - Tito Jackson
"There is not a word that describes my reaction. It doesn't exist in the English language.. When I first worked with Whitney during “The Bodyguard” she was like a thoroughbred race horse – no tricks, no gimmicks, no warm-up – just get up to the mike and get the job done!! – better than anyone else on the planet. This was the voice that record producers dreamed of working with… I got butterflies.. She was pure magic. She was iconic. I am not interested in the rumors about how she died – no one knows what it was like to walk in her shoes.
People will blame Bobby Brown. People will banter on about drugs. People will talk about the train wreck of the VH 1 reality show. People will speculate about things both true and untrue.. I think we should remember the joy she brought to the world.
I had the pleasure and privilege of having an up close and personal front row seat to the greatest of them all." - David Foster