Mariah Carey And Others React To Whitney Houston’s Death

Becky Bain / February 11, 2012

We are truly shocked and saddened by the untimely death of Whitney Houston, and it looks like we aren’t alone. Many of the pop legend’s collaborators, peers and fans took to Twitter to express their grief upon hearing of the passing of this extraordinary talent. Read their reactions below.

Mariah Carey: “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.”

Dolly Parton: “Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song. I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you.’ You will be missed.”

Demi Lovato: “This can’t be true… One of my idols gone?? No. This is so unbelievably sad. #RIPWhitneyHouston.”

Christina Aguilera: “We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney’s family. She will be missed.”

Duran Duran: “Very sad to hear about Whitney Houston. Rest in peace.”

Naya Rivera: “Oh my gosh. I’m speechless. R.I.P. Whitney Houston.”

Rihanna: “No words! Just tears #DearWhitney”

Katy Perry: “So devastating. We will always love you Whitney, R.I.P… Whitney was everything… rephrase: IS everything!”


Rico Love: “R.I.P Whitney Houston. 1 of the greatest voices EVER! I hope ppl can show respect for her legacy & only say positive things.”

Charice: “One of my heroes, Whitney Houston. I will always love you.. RIP.”

Russell Simmons: “deeply saddened by the death of Whitney Houston…may she rest in peace.”

Ryan Seacrest: “At Grammys rehearsal hearing Whitney Houston has passed away at 48. Everyone here is absolutely stunned.”

B.o.B: “I remember ALL my mom played were her albums. She was a presence I grew up with, I cant believe it…. Rest In Peace and Have Eternal Life.”

Sean Kingston: “One Of The Greatest Voices.. Huge Inspiration!!!… SMH Sad News Man Messed up the Whole Day!”

Boy George: “Whitney is dead, OMG, I’m so heartbroken. You were amazing and I hope you have found peace!”

Wynter Gordon: “Whitney was one of the greatest talents talents ever lived. Her music lives on.”

Missy Elliott: “This is such a sad moment! I’m speechless I have no words of what I’m feeling right now. Rest in Peace Whitney Houstan I love u.”

Akon: “We’ve lost another Legend. RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON. I’m Honored to have had the chance to work with such an amazing human being.”

Jay Sean: Just heard the tragic news of Whitney Houston’s passing. This is such a huge loss to music. She was the true definition of a vocalist. So sad.”

Paula Abdul: “I am devastated. I am absolutely devastated at the news about Whitney Houston. Such a tragic, tragic loss.”

Rye Rye: “Really don’t wanna believe it but it’s true..only thing we can do is accept it! She lives forever..her and that beautiful voice LOVE.”

Interviewed on the red carpet at Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party turned Whitney Houston tribute, Epic Records CEO and judge on The X Factor L.A. Reid said he was “really hurting” and that “it will take a long time to heal from this.” Referring to Whitney’s mentor, Reid said “Clive Davis is the only man who has the right to decide how to honor Whitney Houston.”

Share your own thoughts and memories of Whitney Houston in the comments below.

— Additional reporting by Maud Deitch