Fans, celebrities react to Whitney Houston's death: 'We will always love you'
February 11th, 2012
08:53 PM ET

Fans, celebrities react to Whitney Houston's death: 'We will always love you'

Legendary pop singer Whitney Houston has died at age 48, representative Kristen Foster said Saturday night.

The cause of death and where she died were not immediately known. In May 2011, Houston got help for her much-publicized struggle with drugs and alcohol, her representative said at the time.

According to her official website, Houston, who struggled with addiction problems over the years, sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos over her career.

As news of her death spread online her fans and celebrities tweeted that they were absolutely shocked and saddened at the news.

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Tributes began flooding in almost immediately as people began expressing their shock at the news. Nearly all of the trends on Twitter worldwide were shortly associated with the singer's death. Among them: R.I.P Whitney Houston, #DearWhitney, #IWillAlwaysLoveYou, The Bodyguard, Bobby Brown and Wanna Dance With Somebody.

"The first full hour after the news broke saw 2,481,652 tweets and retweets, peaking at 61,227 tweets at 5:23 p.m. (all times are PST)," according to Topsy.com. "That is over a thousand tweets a second, not quite as much as during the Superbowl but still a lot."

Whitney Houston is shown trending around the entire globe Saturday night after news of her death.

Houston had been in Los Angeles and Grammy rehearsal parties were taking place one night before the music industry's biggest event. Stunned celebrities heard about the news all together.

Mariah Carey, who famously performed a duet with Houston on "When You Believe" was stunned by the news.

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LaToya Jackson also took to Twitter to express her condolences to Houston's family. She and the rest of her family have gone through the turmoil of dealing with the sudden death of the King of Pop Michael Jackson.

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The news of Houston's death brought many people back to their childhood and reminisced on all of the ways Houston's music had entered their lives. Whether it was their love of a literal soundtrack, like "The Bodyguard," or the songs that were so embedded into their  souls that ie became soundtrack to their lives, fans shared their sadness at the loss.

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Many also wanted to share their favorite memories of Whitney Houston, sparking the trend #FavoriteWhitneySong.

#FavoriteWhitneySong: What's yours?

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For some fellow artists, the news hit at their core. Houston, for them, was not only an icon but also an inspiration for many.

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Newark's mayor Cory Booker even took to Twitter to pay tribute to one of New Jersey's greatest starts.

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The tributes and reaction continue to flood in at an unbelievable pace. Among them:

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soundoff (301 Responses)
  1. crack ho

    At least she not be fa doing the MJ thang. Gettin' all creepy for her fans, nose job, etc. Ya gots to give a crack ho that much credit.

    February 12, 2012 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  2. Psalm 27; 7-12

    "Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. When You said "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, Lord, I will seek. Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. When my father and mother forsake me, Then the Lord will take care of me. Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me....

    February 12, 2012 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. crack ho

    Whitney read palms, not psalms.

    February 12, 2012 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bush Bible

    Oh Lord. Lead us to our enemies so we can kill them before they can build something to kill us with. Teach me your preemptive ways Oh Lord! And flush that golden rule would ya?

    February 12, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Christian Bush

    Yea though I walk through the land of debt and military might, I shall fear no evil. God himself shall send troops to fetch what we want. Please give.

    February 12, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Leaha

    SHOCKED!!! Not by Whitneys death but by what some people here are writing about her, she is one of Gods children, HE CREATED HER! If you are a "christian" and you are saying judgemental things about Whitney...you should ALWAYS remember..there ...BUT ...for the GRACE of GOD ....go you!!!!!! How dare anyone pass judgements on Whitney or anyone else for that matter!! This is what sickens me about our society , people who kick others when theyre down. I can not believe the WICKEDNESS in peoples hearts in this day and age. Come Jesus....come!

    February 12, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Marie

    Iconic...Great...TRUE Talent...YES her talent will be missed greatly. However, not sure why everyone is so SHOCKED. Given her issues I'm SHOCKED she made it to 48. Of course God will leave us with the brainless knuckle-draggers Lohan and the Kardashians who have no talent...

    February 12, 2012 at 4:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Please Please Respect!!!

    God has shown each and everyone of us so much love and mercy!! If it had not been for the Lord on our side, where would we be??? Have we forgotten that He is our maker! If God forgave her, why can't we?

    February 12, 2012 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. Brutus

    God took this low talent away from earth to save us from that dreadful noise she called music. Halayuya. Praise the lord. Let us pray that the angels in heaven and the dearly departed have ear plugs.

    February 12, 2012 at 4:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Brutus

    Big deal life goes on.

    February 12, 2012 at 4:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. You are forgive!I

    Your cruel words or thoughts can not hurt Whitney now!! God has paid the price for all of our sins! He will forgive you of all your transgressions if you would only REPENT!!! God is here for you just as He was for Whitney. Rest in peace with God almighty. We love you Whitney and we will never forget you!!! Peace be still....

    February 12, 2012 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Forgiven

    Your cruel words or thoughts can not hurt Whitney now!! God has paid the price for all of our sins! He will forgive you of all your transgressions if you would only REPENT!!! God is here for you just as He was for Whitney. Rest in peace with God almighty. l....

    February 12, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Forgiven

    Your cruel words or thoughts can not hurt Whitney now!! God has paid the price for all of our sins! REPENT!!

    February 12, 2012 at 5:04 am | Report abuse |
  14. Calling All Christians !!!!!

    At this time you please say a prayer for the Houston family!! God please comfort them and have mercy on Whitney. The Word says "If God be for us, who can be against us"!!!!

    February 12, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mary Mathis

    My thoughts are that Whitney Houston, was one of the greatest pop singers of our time. She will surely be missed by all. Let us remember her as a daughter, sister, niece, wife and mother. But most of all her beautiful voice and how she entertained us all. My prayers goes out to her family. "Rest In Peace" Whitney, we will always love you. A fan Mistym

    February 12, 2012 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
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