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Ray J and Bobby Brown Respond to Whitney Houston’s Death; Late Singer’s Funeral To Be Held Today

(AllHipHop News) A week after the death of R&B/pop songstress Whitney Houston, her close friend Ray-J has broken his silence regarding the news-making tragedy.

In a released statement, Ray J expressed his sadness over Houston’s demise while noting how close he was to the influential vocalist.

“Over the past few days, I’ve tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing. What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words,” stated the 31-year-old entertainer, who spent time with Houston days before her death. “The world lost an icon, but I lost my close friend.”

“Nippy, I miss you so much! You were so happy and full of love,” Ray J continued. “Your smile will live in my heart forever.”

News of Houston’s death has dominated headlines this week, with mourners voicing their grief via Twitter and Facebook and a surge in sales of he 48-year-old singer’s music. Houston died last Saturday (February 11) at a hotel in Beverly Hills. Authorities concluded that there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma to Houston’s body after an autopsy was performed on her the following day. Media sources report the Grammy winner was found submerged in her bathtub by a member of her personal staff

An official cause of death for Houston will not be determined for weeks, in light of toxicology tests currently being done by the coroner’s office.

Houston’s funeral, which will be broadcast online and on BET, will take place today (February 18) at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey. Among those expected to attend the private, invitation-only service are the singer’s godmother, Aretha Franklin, Ray J’s sister, Brandy, Clive Davis, Dionne Warwick, Kim Burrell, Cece Winans, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Donnie McClurkin, Rickey Minor, Tyler Perry, and Kevin Costner, Houston’s co-star in the movie, The Bodyguard. The Rev. Marvin Winans will preside over the funeral.

Despite reports of him being banned from attending the service, Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown will be at the funeral. On Thursday (February 17), Brown paid tribute to Houston while performing on tour with his former group New Edition in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

“I’d like to say thank you for your prayers…I’d like to say thank you. Period. I’m gonna throw two up for Whitney,” Brown said while throwing up a peace sign. “That’s my love.”

While his grief was apparent, Brown noted how important it is to not dwell on unpleasant events.

“Life is life. You have to move on sometimes,” he shared. “I love her like I love God.”

After paying his respects to Houston, Brown will return to the stage Saturday evening at a scheduled performance with New Edition in Uncasville, Connecticut, and Sunday (February 19) in Newark.

  • Good move inviting Bobby!
    He was showing up anyway!
    RIP Whitney!

  • I wish people would just allow these people to grieve and not add or take away anything.  why would anyone think bobby would not be there these two people had a relationship for 17 years.  they have a daughter.  bobby loved whitney and he loved her.  that’s it.  he will miss his friend just like eveyone else.  I loved them both.  Loe always to my girl who I have loved from the beginning love you whitney and may you find the peace you were so lovingly trying to find here on earth,  the cares of this world are over. R.I.P

  • Everyone has or had demons in there lives,I hear alot of hate towards
    whitney,you have to understand that whitney helped alot of people get
    thru alot of hardship and pain thru her music,when we were at war,she
    helped the U.S. heal,you might not agree on her lifestyle,but it was
    “her life”not yours..when you have a friend that might pass from
    violence or d.u.i,you don’t dwell on what killed them,you just try 2
    celebrate their life,let’s do the same for whitney…don’t dwell on her
    past,but celebrate her life and the music she gave that help the
    soul…love u whitney and I will celebrate ya life..

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  • Roberto Ciamora

    Why wouldnt they invite Bobby, I mean, Tina went to Ike’s funeral……… These people knew each other a long time

    • Lane15

      I just wish he didn’t have to come with a bunch of people, and leave early. He had to get the spotlight on him by acting like that. I think the message during her funeral was clear though, it’s no ones fault, it is not time to blame. Let her rest now. yea maybe people could have helped her more, I think people always say that when tragedy strikes, I feel it was an accidental death, and Whitney is in heaven now. Let’s pray for her Mom and daughter.

  • illymac

    Rest In Peace Whitney..
    Thank U for sharing your beautiful voice with us..
    U will truly be missed..

  • scullyson

    RIP Whitney..

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