Just weeks after mourning the deaths of Don Cornelius and Etta James, the entertainment world was rocked by the untimely passing of the incomparable Whitney Houston on February 11, 2012. She was 48 years old.
Here are just some of the outpourings of concern and condolences on Twitter from those that new her and were impacted by her gifts.
By now you have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney’s passing. I don’t have to mask my emotion in front of a room full of so many dear friends. I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years.
Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn’t scheduled to perform. She loved music and she loved this night that celebrates music.
My heart goes out to her daughter Bobbi Christina, to her mother Cissy, to all of her relatives and to so many of you here tonight, her extended family who loved and cherished her and her spirit.
Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.
I ask that you join me in a moment of silence as we dedicate this evening to Whitney.
Quincy Jones: Absolutely heartbroken…became aware of her at 16…will miss her terribly
LA Reid: I am completely devastated by the loss of the greatest voice of all time! R.I.P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you!
Toni Braxton: She’s paved the way for every single singer in the music industry. Iconic, legendary, innovating, amazing, humble…1 of the best in the world
Mariah Carey: My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world.
Bishop TD Jakes: I’m honored to have worked with Whitney on Sparkle, shocked and saddened by her passing! Definitely a talent beyond human expression.
Queen Latifah: Oh Dear Lord! Huritng so Bad!!! MY Sister Whitney!!!!!!! Newark please Pray!!! World Please Pray!
Kelly Rowland: 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.
Ludacris: R.I.P WHITNEY HOUSTON. ONE OF THE PUREST SOULS I’VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE.
Wyclef Jean: The voice of an Angel, the Heart of a Lamb, the spirit of a Lioness, the presence of a Goddess, love you R.I.P Whitney Houston
Swizz Beatz:I hate to say these words about my sister & friend R.I.P To the Great Whitney Houston you will always be loved in this world!! #Deans
Jerry Wonda: a voice like that is one in a million…ill cherish all the memories i shared w her…my deepest condolences to all of her friends& family
Magic Johnson: R.I.P. Whitney Houston. Our prayers go out to Bobbi Kristina and her family.
Royce Da 5′ 9: NOBODY could sing like that lady… This is F*CKED UP…
Kandi Burruss: I can’t believe we just lost another legend. I feel so blessed that I had the opportunity to work with Whitney. Its so sad
Christina Milian: I’m so sad to hear of #WhitneyHouston‘s passing. May she rest in peace. My prayers & condolences to her daughter & family. 4ever remembered
Idris Elba: I’M HEART BROKEN RIGHT NOW, MY THOUGHTS GO TO HER FAMILY… REST IN PEACE WHITNEY HOUSTON, YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN…EVER.
Keisha Knight Pulliam: We all have so much to accomplish & give to the world. Be inspired to cherish every moment & embrace a healthy life style.
Young Jeezy: R.I.P. Whitney Houston, 1 of the most talented&beautiful black women of our time. She shared her pain&triumphs with us. #GoneButNotForgotten
Jazze Pha: Damn Whitney! OMG… She always called me Fozzie…God Rest Ur SOUL
Jill Scott: I can’t. Whitney? No. NO!!!
Omari Hardwick: I have no words. Simply heartbroken. RIP Whitney.
Young Buck: R.I.P. Whitney Houston. She possessed one of the most beautiful singing voices the world has ever heard, without a doubt.
Tiny Harris: So sad to hear about Whitney! I just took @TheRealOMGGirlz 2meet her last wk! I’m so glad they got to meet such & Amazing Icon! R.I.P WH☹
More reactions were gathered on the red carpet of the pre-Grammy festivities:
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