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Reactions to Whitney Houston's passing

"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." – Liza Minnelli

By Associated Press / February 12, 2012

Recording artist Whitney Houston, who died Saturday, performs at the 2004 World Music Awards at the Thomas and Mack Arena in Las Vegas. Tony Bennett called her "the greatest singer I've ever heard."

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Los Angeles

A collection of reactions to Whitney Houston's death:

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"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.

"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.

"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.

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"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 and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed." – Dolly Parton, who wrote the original version of "I Will Always Love you," which Houston later sang for the film "The Bodyguard."

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

"She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth." – Mariah Carey.

"As a spokesperson for the Academy, the industry, I guess I would sum it up by saying, there's only one Whitney Houston. There will probably never ever be another.” – Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy

"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

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