LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Celebrities — fans and friends — took to Twitter to express their shock and grief about the untimely death of singer/actress/legend Whitney Houston at 48. And they get so emotional…

Ex-husband Bobby Brown was performing with his old group New Edition in Mississippi. He admittedly had trouble taking the stage. He told the crowd, “I love you, Whitney.”

“Dancing With the Stars” dancer Cheryl Burke: So sad to be writing this. My prayers go out to her family. RIP Whitney Houston.

Aretha Franklin: My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby.

Dolly Parton: Houston did a famous remake of Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Mine is just one of millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston.

Eddie Murphy: R.I.P. Whitney Houston. #Retweet for Respect 1-Love, 1-Legend, 1-Nation!

Jane Fonda: Stunned by #Whitney’s death. So sad. Going to Clive’s pre-Grammy party. She was his darling. Whew

Lady Gaga: R.I.P Whitney Houston – She has won 415 Awards, 2 Emmys, 6 Grammys, 22 American Music Awards, 30 Billboard Awards, >300,000,000 Albums Sold

Actress Holly Robinson Peete: Please please please don’t let this be true….

“The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd: “Whitney I hope you found the peace in Heaven that you could never seem to find down here. RIP Ms. Houston “where do broken hearts go”

TV personality and husband of Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon: “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” RIP to Whitney Houston a true queen.”

“Jessica Simpson:I found my voice singing Whitney Houston’s music. Today I lost my idol.

Mariah Carey: Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston.

Russell Simmons:R.I.P. Whitney Houston, really can’t believe this

Reality star Kim Kardashian: Just heard the tragic news that Whitney Houston passed away. I pray for her daughter & loved ones. We will always love you Whitney…

Joan Rivers: Whitney Houston. What a sad tragedy-the end of the life of an incredible talent. RIP to an amazing singer and legend.

Talk show host Rosie O’Donnell: Dear God … There is a grief that can’t be spoken #DEVASTATED

Tennis great Serena Williams: #OneMomentInTime has propelled me to many of my grand slams victories. #whitneyhouston

Kelly Osbourne: i truly hope you are in peace #WhitneyHouston i feel so honored to have known you! i love you RIP!

Simon Cowell: “I am so sad to hear about Whitney. We have lost one of the greatest singers of all time.”

Oscar winner Goldie Hawn: I am so very sad to hear of Whitney Houston’s passing. She was one of our great artist that graced us all. May she rest in peace.

Singer Gloria Estefan: Shocked we’ve lost the immensely talented Whitney Houston! Sending prayers of peace & solace 2 her family, friends & fans! Such a loss!

Estefan also tweeted her grief in Spanish. Siento mucho la perdida de Whitney Houston! Enviando oraciones a su familia, amigos y fans para que tengan paz durante este momento difícil!

Author Terry McMillan: And what about her daughter?

CBS News’ Byron Pitts: Hers was a gift from God. A gift that gave us all joy

Singer Toni Braxton: She’s paved the way for every single singer in the music industry. Iconic, legendary, innovating, amazing, humble…1 the best in the world

Newark Mayor Cory Booker: RIP Whitney Houston, a Legend and great American artist. And always, one of Newark’s and New Jersey’s treasured daughters.

LaToya Jackson: I can’t fathom the fact that #whitneyhouston has died! My heart goes out 2 her mother, daughter & her love ones. #Whitney U will be missed!

Comedian Kathy Griffin who often made jokes about Houston in her act: “She was A TALENT & A LEGEND. She was never a “reality star” No jokes from me about Miss Houston today.”

Bravo’s Andy Cohen, host of “Watch What Happens Live” So sad. One of my favorites. The golden, pure voice will live forever. #RIPWhitney

Director Adam Shankman: I choreographed I’m your baby tonight miss you angel

CBS2 Anchor Pat Harvey: I’m so sad. Praying for her family. Whitney’s first album came out the year my daughter was born. Rest in peace.

Reality star and Kardashian mom Kris Jenner: So so sad that Whitney Houston died.. praying for her daughter and her family…tragic..just heartbreaking..amazing talent, amazing voice..

Political observer Donna Brazile: #Whitney Houston achieved cross over appeals with hit after hit. Sitting on the train next to a man playing her songs one after another.

“Entertainment Tonight” co-host Nancy O’Dell: “I am in shock and so sad…Whitney Houston reported dead.”

“Bold And Beautiful” star Brandon Beemer (Owen): RIP Whitney Houston. My heart goes out to her family and loved ones. She was blessed with such an amazing talent.

“Young And The Restless” star Greg Rikaart (Kevin): I remember being wow’ed the first time I saw the video for ‘The Greatest Love of All’ on MTV. Terribly sad news. Thoughts r w/ her family.

Jennifer LopezSuch a loss. One of the greatest voices of our time. Sending out prayers to her family.”

Robin Leach: Whitney’s mentor, record mogul CliveDavis holds annual Grammy Eve party in LA set for tonight- how will he cope with her death?

Author Jackie Collins: Whitney Houston is dead. A beautiful & talented woman RIP Whitney

Actor LeVar Burton:Damn! I don’t even known what to say… #RIPWhitney

Actress Rita Wilson: “So terribly sad. Whitney Houston should have lived a long life. Her gift was God given.”

“Chopped” judge and celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli: I grew up on Whitney Houston songs. Her voice had a way of getting you thru the hard stuff and celebrating the good stuff She will be missed

Howard Stern sidekick Robin Quivers: Whitney, we missed you even before you were gone. RIP.

Tori Spelling:N shock about Whitney Houston’s death.Not shocked media already talking abt wht led2 it. She was a legend. Let her family&fans mourn&shut up

“The Early Show’s” Jeff Glor: Super Bowl performance may have been the most carefree, soaring, perfect performance I’ve ever seen #Whitney

Singer Sam Harris: I am just so so sad. I can’t believe the news about Whitney Houston. I first saw her perform when she was about.

Actress Lauren Holly:So sad about Whitney. Years ago we shot catalogues together, she singing to me all the days, telling me it was her dream. I was so lucky.

Radio deejay Rick Dees: Such a voice, such an incomparable, moving talent. There will never be anyone like Whitney. God bless

Film critic Roger Ebert:For addicts, using has long, long since ceased being any form of pleasure. It’s a sentence. My heart goes out to its captives.

Singer Solange Knowles:I will always remember Whitney Houston as a true, outstanding, talent. A radiant beauty. A magical smile. A voice that made you shiver.

Forest Whitaker: May gods breath surround you, Whitney. And may you be held in the arms of the angels. Please, pray to comfort all those who hold her dear

Chris Kattan: I remember how sweet Whitney Houston was [to] us cast members on SNL. The world just lost an incredible voice. Just like that. Tragic.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa: We mourn the passing of Whitney Houston, one of the greatest voices of all time.

Legend Tony Bennett:It’s a tragedy. Whitney Houston is the greatest singer I ever heard and she will be truly missed.

Katie Couric:So sad to hear the news of Whitney Houston’s passing. What a tragic loss. She was an unbelievable talent.

MC Hammer:Whitney Houston, I will always miss you I always loved you and my heart grieves for my sister gone to soon. (RIP Whitney)

Fergie:Whitney was a vocal idol for me as a young girl. I am so sad.

Larry King:At Clive Davis’ annual pre Grammy party. It’s surreal. The only topic is Whitney Houston..,as it should be.

Quincy Jones: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.

Smokey Robinson:I’ve known Whitney since she was a little girl and I loved her. She was like family to me. I will miss her.

Bruno Mars: “This is terrible news. I’m sick to my stomach. Nobody sang like Whitney.”

IMAGES: Whitney Houston’s Life Remembered

Comments (16)
  1. FED UP says:

    These celebrity statements are so ridiculous and hypocritical. First, Whitney hasn’t been in the spotlight in years. No one wanted to work with her because of her drug addiction and crazy behavior and people only mentioned her to make fun and jokes at her expense. No one even thought about Whitney anymore and now all of a sudden she dies and the world is grief-sticken? What a bunch of liars.

    1. Sage Advice says:

      Completely; Fed Up nailed it, dead on. The fakes are now using her death as a way to get their name heard. The running joke is now a tool for running their self promotion.

  2. siliconvalleygirl says:

    God Bless you, Whitney Houston. We loved you in the 80s and listened to your songs incessantly! We will Always Love You, Whitney. RIP, angel.

  3. Ken Benson says:

    Another junkie bites the dust…….

  4. Sage Advice says:

    I was so astonished that I twittered: “Still undecided if I should order black olives on my pizza tonight”.

  5. Tim says:

    I think it was the previous night or something, but on the TMZ show, they had video of her coming out of a club, and they zoomed in on her leg and there was blood on it.

    Something was going on. She also didn’t look happy on that video.

  6. soulsister347 says:

    I am so sick… Whitney Houston paved the way for a lot of singers she was a icon with a gift from God.We will always love you! God bless

  7. sadsack265 says:

    I’ve watched the news about Whitney’s death and I’m sad about her early death. I am sorry for her Mother Cissy, her aunt Dione and her daughter. Cissiy and Dione have experienced too much death and heart break in their family. People who do not know this family should SHUT UP. Whitney was not groomed by Clyde but was groomed by her mother with the help of Dione, Dee Dee, Judy Clay, the Drinkard Singers, The Sweet Inspiration singers and of course the great Aretha Franklin. There were others who show her how to deliver a song but Clyde Davis saw her greatness and tried to save her, he is a good man. Now that Whitney is gone it really doesn’t matter if she had a drug habit or if she overdosed on drinking water, the bottom line is that she is gone and will not return. Sad, sad, sad.

    1. GROWAPAIR says:

      Wow, try spelling some of the names correctly, dumbsht.

  8. "Stars" only matter, right? says:

    There are but a scant few on that twit list that I care about, but the rest, are just drawing publicity to themselves.

    Fans also say great things so, please, how about listing the most moving tweets from FANS, the real people.

  9. bonbons says:

    FED UP is probably under 25. Whitney Houston was a legend.

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