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Whitney Houston Dead – Country Stars React

Whitney Houston
Larry Busacca

Whitney Houston died on Saturday, leaving a generation of fans and artists who call her an idol in deep mourning. Country stars reacted nationwide upon learning of the 48-year-old's still unexplained death. The star sold over 170 million albums worldwide before drugs and a tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown chipped away at her influence and capabilities.

“I'm speechless! Sooo freakin sad… Wow,” Steel Magnolia's Meghan Linsey tweets. She was amongst the early repsonders to the tragic news, but the outpouring of emotion is still taking over social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. The news comes just one day before the Grammy Awards, which will surely have a somber tone on Sunday.

It's not known how or where Houston died. On Thursday the singer was seen leaving a pre-Grammy party bloodied and staggering drunk. She had performed with Kelly Price, but got into a shouting match with paparazzi upon exiting. News of Houston's death was confirmed by her publicist, Kristen Foster.


LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes): Whitney Houston was the first cd I ever bought. She had a God given gift. Hopefully, she's singing with angels now.



Jay DeMarcus (@JayDeMarcus): Whitney Houston has died!!! Oh my goodness, what a loss…. Sad.



Whitney Duncan (@whitneyduncan): Very sad about Whitney Houston. Such an amazing talent.



Laura Bell Bundy (@LauraBellBundy): Noooo!!! Please tell me it's not true?! Whitney we will alway love you!#rip



Jason M. Carroll (@JMCOfficial): Are these rumors of Whitney Houston passing away true? What a tragedy! Such a hugely talented & sad person.



Chely Wright (@chelywright): Whitney Houston, rest in peace. I can't stop crying. So sad.



The Dirt Drifters (@thedirtdrifters): Whitney Houston RIP. Wow.



Meghan Linsey (@meghanlinsey): Whitney Houston??? What?? I'm speechless! Sooo freakin sad… Wow.



Love and Theft (@LNTweet): Rest In Peace to the incredibly talented Whitney Houston – you will be missed



Josh Thompson (@TheJoshThompson): R.I.P Whitney Houston, I will always love you! Too soon?



Danny Gokey (@dannygokey): Whoa!!! just found out Whitney Houston died!!!!! Such sad news



Jo Dee Messina (@jodeemessina): Whitney Houston. So sad. The world will miss that beautiful voice. We will always love you. Deepest sympathy to her family.



Clay Walker (@ClayWalker): Sad day..Whitney Houston gone too soon…”We will always love you”…see you on the other side sweetheart



Lady Antebellum (@ladyantebellum): We are so heartbroken to hear of the loss of Whitney Houston. One of the best voices EVER! Praying God's comfort for her family. ~hill



Scotty McCreery (@ScottyMcCreery): R.I.P. Whitney Houston



ChrisYoungMusic (@ChrisYoungMusic): RIP Whitney Houston. Truly one of the best vocalists of all time/all genres. #sadday



Billy Ray Cyrus (@billyraycyrus): R. I. P. Whitney Houston. I will always love you and your music and talents will live on forever.



uncle kracker (@unclekracker): Damn, not Whitney


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