Whitney's mother: "We are devastated"

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Gospel singer Cissy Houston and daughter Whitney Houston attend the 2010 Keep A Child Alive Black Ball at the Hammerstein Ballroom on September 30, 2010 in New York City.
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Celebrity reaction to Whitney Houston's tragic death at 48 continues to pour in Sunday with some of the biggest entertainment names in the world mourning the loss of a legendary singer.

Cissy Houston
Whitney Houston's mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, issued the following statement: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Whitney. This is an unimaginable tragedy and we will miss her terribly. We appreciate the outpouring of love and support from her fans and friends."


Barbra Streisand
"She had everything, beauty, a magnificent voice. How sad her gifts could not bring her the same happiness they brought us."


Dolly Parton
"Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston," Parton said in a statement obtained by Reuters. "I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, 'Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.'"


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


Aretha Franklin
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin told CNN in a statement, "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."

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Rihanna
"Feels so strange being at the Grammy rehearsal right now!!"


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." — singer Lionel Richie.


Bobby Brown
"First of all, I want to tell you that I love you all. Second, I would like to say, I love you Whitney. The hardest thing for me to do is to come on this stage." — Houston's ex-husband Bobby Brown, performing a show in Southaven, Miss., hours after her death.


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." — Elton John, from the stage at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, before dedicating the song "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" to Houston.


Michelle Williams
"I truly, truly adored Whitney Houston. Her album `I'm Your Baby Tonight' was the very first album I ever bought." — Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child


Jennifer Lopez
"Such a loss. One of the greatest voices of our time. Sending out prayers to her family... #R.I.P.Whitney"


Lady Gaga
"When I wrote Born This Way I imagined Whitney singing it because I wasn't secure enough to be a star"


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 I am sadden to hear of the passing of Whitney Houston today..."


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." — Barry Manilow


Pink
"Whitney was the reason many of us do what we do." — Pink, in a Twitter post


Smokey Robinson:
I've known Whitney since she was a little girl and I have always loved her. She was like family to me....


Christina Aguilera
@TheRealXtina We have lost another legend. Love and prayers to Whitney's family. She will be missed.


Drake
RIP Whitney Houston.


La Toya Jackson
@latoyajackson 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


@MissyElliott
Thank u 4 the times we worked 2gether your Voice touched the World! N this rough time I pray for The Houston Family...


P. Diddy
@iamdiddy Whitney Houston!!! OMG!! I really can't believe this.. This is one of the saddest days ever.


Queen Latifah
@IAMQUEENLATIFAH
Oh Dear Lord! Huritng so Bad!!! MY Sister Whitney!!!!!!! Newark please Pray!!! World Please Pray


Ryan Seacrest
@RyanSeacrest At Grammys rehearsal hearing Whitney Houston has passed away at 48. Everyone here is absolutely stunned.


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."

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