In wake of Whitney Houston‘s death, many celebs and friends immediately took to social media, Twitter, to express their sadness, disbelief, grief and well wishes to Houston’s family.
Mariah Carey tweeted, “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.”
Aretha Franklin, Whitney’s godmother Aretha Franklin, wrote “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.”
Alicia Keys, “I feel sick…. Life is precious, we are fragile souls. Let’s love each other! I miss you beautiful Whitney, the whole world misses you!!”
Singer Rihanna tweeted, “No words! Just tears #DearWhitney. I honestly can’t think of anything else!!! Feels so strange being at the Grammy rehearsal right now!!”
Nicki Minaj, “Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.”
Kelly Rowland, who was celebrating her 31st birthday and says Whitney Houston was one of her idols wrote, “I am beyond heartbroken. Whitney Houston was undoubtedly one of the greatest singers & performers of all time & such a huge influence on me. She embraced me when I first started out with Destiny’s Child, with love, with encouragement and with that powerhouse voice. My deepest sympathies and prayers go out to her daughter, her mother and to all of her loved ones.”
Trey Songz, “Whitney we’ll love you forever & never forget you…EVER. Rest In Peace.”
Cee-Lo Green, “R.I.P. Sister WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!!! We will always love you.”
Christina Aguilera, “We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney’s family. She will be missed.”
Justin Bieber, “just heard the news. so crazy. One of the GREATEST VOICES EVER just passed. RIP Whitney Houston. My prayers go out to her friends and family.”
Russell Simmons, “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Whitney Houston. She was one of the greatest singers this world has ever heard. My thoughts and prayers are with her beautiful child and her entire family. This is a tough time for the entire music community, as we all loved Whitney. May she rest in peace and may we all dance with somebody tonight.”
Reverend Run, “My heart is saddened.. Everyone please keep Whitney Houstons family in their prayers.. May she rest in peace.”
Bruno Mars, “This is terrible news..I’m sick to my stomach. Nobody sang like Whitney”
Smokey Robinson, “I’ve known Whitney since she was a little girl and I have always loved her. She was like family to me and I will miss her dearly.”
Jill Scott, “I can’t. Whitney? No. NO!!!”
Melanie Fiona, “You are the reason I fell in love with singing. My heart is broken.”
The Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow wrote via Grammy.com, ““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.”
Brandy, who was also celebrating her 33rd birthday, have yet to respond to Whitney’s death but has always stated that Houston is her idol and most inspired her to seek out her own recording career. She even reunited with her idol recently during a Pre-Grammy show rehearsal and received some words of wisdom.
*Update* Brandy has since tweeted, “Whyyyyyyyyyyyy???????????????” not knowing what else to say, I suppose.
How tragic to lose your idol on your birthday.
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