Whitney Houston dead: Stars pay tribute to music icon
THE WORLD of music was stunned by the death of one of its biggest stars and fellow performers and entertainment industry figures took to the internet, through social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, and to the television airwaves, to pay tribute.
Lionel Richie: "I am devastated by the loss of Whitney. We have lost a true angel. My prayers, my heart goes out to her family. We have lost an extraordinary voice to the world. She was just so innocent in the business, and that voice was so pure and her life was so pure."
Elton John: "This is a sad day today, all I want to talk about is her music. She was the most beautiful woman I think I ever saw. Thank you for giving us your talent, and one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard."
Barry Manilow: "I can't believe that Whitney is gone. My heart goes out to her family, to Clive (Davis), and to everyone who knew and loved this amazingly talented and beautiful artist. I will always love her."
Quincy Jones: "Absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly." Smokey Robinson: "One of the greatest voices in the history of music. I will always love her. I've known Whitney since she was a little girl and I loved her. She was like family to me. I will miss her."
Barbra Streisand: "She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us."
Liza Minnelli: "My friend Whitney sang better than anyone. She was magnificent. She gave us everything she had. May she rest in peace and may we let her memory rest in peace."
Tony Bennett: "Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed."
Christina Aguilera: "We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney's family. She will be missed."
Rihanna: "No words! Just tears. Dear Whitney."
Katy Perry: "So devastating. We will always love you Whitney, R.I.P."
Pink: "Whitney was the reason many of us do what we do."
Dolly Parton: "I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, 'Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed'."
Simon Cowell: "There are so few people like her in the world. They are a rarefied breed, these are true superstars, legendary divas and I say divas in the nicest possible way. She had one of the greatest voices I have ever heard in my life, ever."
Neil Portnow, president of the Recording Academy which organises the Grammy Awards: "A light has been dimmed in our music community today. There's only one Whitney Houston. There will probably never ever be another."