February 11th, 2012
08:54 PM ET
As news spread Saturday that legendary singer Whitney Houston has passed away at the age of 48, shocked reactions from fans and her entertainment contemporaries began to pour in, especially on Twitter.
Mariah Carey wrote, "Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world."
The Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, Cory Booker, acknowledged Houston's roots in the state, tweeting,"RIP Whitney Houston, a Legend and great American artist. And always, one of Newark's and New Jersey's treasured daughters."
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was at a loss for words, telling 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.”
Added Smokey Robinson, "I've know Whitney since she was a little girl and I loved her. She was like family to me. I will miss her."
Said Christina Aguilera, "I am deeply saddened by the news of Whitney Houston's very untimely passing. We have lost yet another icon in music. Whitney's voice was so special to me. Her notes soared to places most singers dream of reaching. She will be missed."
According to a police spokesman, Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. ET) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel despite resuscitation efforts.
Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there were "no obvious signs of criminal intent" and that the cause of her death is being investigated.
Lenny Kravitz wished that the singer "rest in peace," adding, "There will never be another like you."
"The View's" Sherri Shepherd echoed Kravitz's hope for Houston to be at peace, writing, "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.'"
Added Keri Hilson, "Ugh I hate that I'm even typing this...I'm shocked. She was my hero growing up."
Music group Foster the People, who are performing at the Grammys Sunday, added via their Twitter account, "We lost an incredible voice today... R.I.P. Whitney Houston."
Super producer Quincy Jones released a statement saying "I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing. Ashford & Simpson first made me aware of Whitney when she was just sixteen, and 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."
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