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Your Memories of Whitney Houston

The singer's songs—and her amazing voice—touched the lives of millions. What are your memories? Add your comments.

As the investigation into continued inside the Saturday night, helicopters hovered overhead and camera crews, reporters and fans gathered outside the hotel.

An impromptu memorial began to grow on a sidewalk, as fans contributed flowers and candles.

Marquit and Autrese Strozier of Los Angeles came to the Hilton when they learned of Houston's death.

"When we heard the news, we just wanted to come out and see if it was true, and also see them bring her body out—so we could see if it was real," Marquit Strozier said.

His wife, Autrese Strozier, said Houston was an inspirational figure.

"She was iconic. She was the Queen of Pop. I'm saddened to hear that she died so early," she said, noting that her favorite Houston song is I Will Always Love You. "I know she had struggles in her life, but so soon? I was very surprised."

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Alexis Johnson of Tacoma, WA., was visiting Beverly Hills with her two sisters when she found out Houston had died. 

"We were just out here on vacation and we heard that Whitney Houston passed away. We wanted to show our respect," said Johnson, who added that Houston had played a large role in her life. "I always wanted to be a singer when I was younger. I used to always try to sing her songs and act like her."

Johnson said her favorite Houston movie is The Bodyguard, which also starred actor Kevin Costner.

"It's sad," Johnson said of Houston's death. "It's sad because of how young she is. And her daughter, most of all."

Influential musician and producer Quincy Jones said he was "absolutely heartbroken at the news."

"I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work with her," Jones said in statement. "She was a true original and talent beyond compare."

Four-time Grammy winner Rihanna, who is scheduled to perform at Sunday's Grammys, tweeted, "No words! Just tears #DearWhitney." 

Platinum-selling artist Katy Perry, who is also performing at this year's Grammys, tweeted, "So devastating. We will always love you Whitney, R.I.P."

Legendary singer Tony Bennett wrote on his Twitter page, "It's a tragedy. Whitney Houston was the greatest singer I've ever heard and she will be truly missed."

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Richard Core (Editor) February 12, 2012 at 04:32 PM
I remember when Whitney Houston first came on the scene with her hit songs, and thinking that she appeared to be perfection—her voice, her beauty, she had it all. To watch and listen to her singing of the national anthem (see the video above) is still breath-taking. She was an amazing talent.
Salvador Perez February 12, 2012 at 06:59 PM
i am a film costume designer and stylist, I met Whitney back stage at Arsenio Hall when I was dressing Pebbles, (yes I was 12 at the time) when we were on tour, she would visit Pebbles often, one day Pebs, put her red suede over the knee boots down on a puddle of water and was screaming at me because I couldn't magically make the spot go away,,, Whitney said, girl, please no one is gonna see that from the stage, get over it,,, Pebbles walked out of the room and Whitney smiled at me and winked,,thats the Diva I will always remember.
Jeanne Travaglianti February 12, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Seemed like everything she sang was golden and you could tell she enjoyed using her talent. My favorite didn't make the list ... love the song and video of "The Greatest Love of All"! So sad her life took the tempting turn that led to her addiction. She's been gone for a long time ... RIP Whitney!
champall brown February 13, 2012 at 12:48 AM
I'm cupcake I. Am a big fan of whitney and I love her main song open my heart my grand mother pass away to that song and used to sing that song for me I love her she was and still is a good material of what u call a woman of god and a good inspiarational person to admire and I will never forget her and the things she did for her fan and coutry god bless u whitney and rest in peace love ur biggiest fan champall /cupcake
Scotty February 17, 2012 at 05:57 AM
@Jeanne Travaglianti: because someone battles addiction - and not a single one of us knows whether or not Miss Houston had dealt with her issues in rehab, but to state that she has been 'gone for a long time' is very cruel. As far as the most recent photos show she looked wonderful, got onstage and sang just a day or two before the Grammy's and was being a good mother to her daughter. When Quincy Jones says he regrets not yet having had a chance to work with her it's not anyone else's place to judge her status. HUNDREDS of famous talents have been rehabbed from alcoholism or simply continued drinking and yet continued on in their careers. What would make her any different? In MY opinion Whitney could have come back if she'd lived. By all of the recent accounts what happened to her likely resulted from a prescription medicine (Xanax) which caused her accidental death and had little or nothing to do with her previous addiction.
Ellen Lutwak February 18, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Whatever you believe, you have to believe in the power of love, song and prayer right now. Watching her service online now. So powerful.

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