News: Beyonce Issues Heartfelt Statement On Whitney Houston's Passing

Monday, Feb 13, 2012 11:10AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Grammy-winning singer Beyonce Knowles-Carter has released a statement expressing sorrow over the unexpected passing of pop icon Whitney Houston this past weekend, describing how much she impacted the R&B world.

Beyonce also reflected on her first encounter with Houston in the 1990's.

"The loss of Whitney Houston is painful. I remember meeting Whitney for the first time when I was 15. She was the ultimate legend. The ultimate woman. Not only was she confident, poised, stunningly beautiful and intelligent, but she was sincere and kind. She took the time to make everyone feel like they were very important to her. I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life's memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song. She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. God bless her." - Beyoncé" (Beyonce Online)

Her death also inspired Chicago rap veteran Twista to pen a tribute record in her honor.

The track starts off with a remixed sound of Houston's voice and in followed by Twista sharing his thoughts of her shocking death. "Rest in peace to the late, great Whitney Houston...We just lost one of heaven's angels, it's a shame," he says. Keeping it mellow, but speeding it up at times with his signature flow, Twista holds no feelings back as he raps about how the music world has been impacted by the loss of Houston. "... Ain't nobody like you, nobody before you and nobody after you, can never come near it/ not here in the flesh but you wit' us in spirit/ so sad to hear it, I'm choking up while I come up with these lyrics." Leaving room for the lovers of music to grieve in the form of song, Twista welcomes fans to lay part of their own tribute on the track. "If you wanna say 'rest in peace' to Whitney Houston, I had Traxter leave 16 bars open on this song so that you could do so with me. So get yo' verses ready, hop on a track wit' me and pay a tribute to the late, great Whitney Houston," he said. (Stupid Dope)

Last night (February 12), the 54th annual Grammy Awards honored Houston with a prayer.

"There is no way around this. We've had a death in our family." Grammy Awards host LL Cool J then led the audience in prayer to "our fallen sister, Whitney Houston. "Heavenly father, we thank you for sharing our sister Whitney with us," he said, as celebrities like Lady Gaga and Miranda Lambert bowed their heads in prayer. "Though she is gone too soon, we remain truly blessed to have been touched by her beautiful spirit." He introduced a clip of a glowing Houston singing "I Will Always Love You." (Associated Press)

Houston was officially pronounced dead Saturday evening.

Police discovered "various pill bottles" in Houston's room, TMZ reported, adding that family members said Houston had been taking the prescription drug Xanax, which is often used to treat anxiety. When combined with alcohol, Xanax can cause drowsiness. Houston was reportedly found in her bathtub -- TMZ says her head was underwater -- and could not be revived by paramedics after being removed from the tub. No alcohol was found in the preliminary sweep of Houston's room, TMZ reports, but there were multiple reports that Houston had been drinking with friends the night before at the hotel. (Fox News)

Check out Twista's Whitney Houston tribute down below:

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