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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

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"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

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"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

"Without a doubt, her voice, for me, and for the world, was the gold standard. She had it all, she broke all barriers." – Tommy Mottola, former chairman and CEO of Sony Music Entertainment

"Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed." – Tony Bennett in a post on Twitter

"The morning of the Grammys, the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird." – Rev. Al Sharpton, who called for a national prayer to honor Houston and support her family

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

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

"At the apex of her career, Whitney had no peer, with a voice that shaped a generation. She has left behind a musical and film legacy that will endure … she will be sorely missed by us all." – Bishop T.D. Jakes, producer of Houston's final film project, a remake of the movie "Sparkle."

"I think her contribution was her excellence of all levels. She was outstandingly gorgeous, an excellent performer … Excellent vocalist. She was excellent on so many levels, and set the standard for what it is to be a great female artist." – India.Arie

"She blessed us with so much greatness in songs that we can never ever forget her." – Producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, who worked with Houston

"Her music inspired millions and the power of her voice was hard to match in its depth and crystalline beauty." – Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who knew Houston

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