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Fans and friends will always love Whitney Houston

Singer Whitney Houston performs onstage at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
Singer Whitney Houston performs onstage at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

"The Voice" is silent.

Beverly Hills Police officials confirm that 48-year-old pop music superstar Whitney Houston died Saturday afternoon, leaving a legion of friends and fans to mourn her loss.

Officials say investigators in Los Angeles County are gathering information about her cause of death. Meanwhile condolences are flooding the Internet for the woman affectionately known as “The Voice”. Here are a few public sentiments from around the web:

Aretha Franklin, Singer/Songwriter/Godmother of Whitney Houston: "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."

Another status update from Aretha Franklin: "My heart goes out to Cissy, her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby."

Smokey Robinson, Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter: "I've known Whitney since she was a little girl and I have always loved her. She was like family to me and I will miss her dearly."

Dolly Parton, Singer/Songwriter/Country Music Legend: “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.”

Mariah Carey, Multi-Platinum Grammy Winning Recording Artist: “Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston.”

Bootsy Collins, Singer/Guitarist/Recording Artist: "Funkateers, if you Don't Know By Now,We Just lost Another Brick in the Foundation of Love & Superb Talent: "Whitney Houston" Prayers go out to family & Friends everywhere. R.I.P My Love!"

Tony Bennett, Legend: “It's a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed.”

Toni Braxton, Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist: “My heart is weeping...RIP to the Legendary Diva & Icon Whitney Houston!!!!! Such an incredible influence over music as a whole!”

Jennifer Lopez, Singer/Actress/Dancer/Entrepreneur: “Such a loss. One of the greatest voices of our time. Sending out prayers to her family...#R.I.P. Whitney"

Rihanna, Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist: “No words! Just tears #DearWhitney

Nile Rodgers, Producer/Guitarist/Composer: "My sincerest condolences go out to the family of the incomparable Whitney Houston R.I.P"

Justin Bieber, Singer/Musician/Teen Heartthrob: “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”

Ann Nesby, Singer: "I say a prayer for the Houston family, Whitney thank you for sharing your remarkable voice with us, you are inspiration and will be missed."

Tori Spelling, Actress/Reality Show Star: N shock about Whitney Houston's death.Not shocked media already talking abt wht led2 it. She was a legend. Let her family&fans mourn&shut up”

Rashida Jolley, Recording Artist/Harpist/Toured with Lady Gaga: "My heart is broken. Whitney Houston is the greatest singer ever! She inspired me more than words can say! When I first heard her sing, I wanted to be a singer. She will be forever missed!"

Ludacris, Rapper/Actor/Entrepreneur: “R.I.P WHITNEY HOUSTON. ONE OF THE PUREST SOULS I'VE EVER MET IN MY LIFE.”

Nicki Minaj, Platinum-Selling Recording Artist: “Jesus Christ, not Whitney Houston. Greatest of all time.”

will.i.am, Recording Artist/Producer/Philanthropist: “I'm so sad...whitney houston was so kind, sweet, wonderful, amazing, talented, and a true gift to the world...#iwillalwaysloveyou

Ricky Martin, Grammy Award-Winning Recording Artist: “RIP Whitney Houston. Sending my love and deepest condolences to her family and friends. Fly Whitney Fly”

Cee-Lo Green, Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter: “R.I.P. Sister WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!!! We will always love you.”

Adam Lambert, Recording Artist/American Idol Finalist: “RIP Whitney”

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