Mariah Carey Reacts To Whitney Houston’s Death

Published: Saturday 11th Feb 2012 by David

In response to the tragic passing of Whitney Houston, her former collaborator and long time friend Mariah Carey has shared her thoughts on the news via Twitter today.

Her comments below…


Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston. My heartfelt condolences to Whitney’s family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world.
She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth.
The pair collaborated on the song ‘When You Believe‘  back in 1998 in support of DreamWork‘s ‘The Prince Of Egypt‘ , marking the last time the ladies would ever join forces in song.

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  1. Rich February 11, 2012

    wow i can’t believe she is gone……. I JUST heard her song on the radio today……..

  2. Kiki February 11, 2012

    Mariah kept is so classy. rip whitney

  3. Legendtina February 11, 2012

    Without Whitney there would be no Mariah or Christina. Xtina sent out love on her Twitter as well. So sad

  4. Guess What February 11, 2012

    I am so devastated. Whitney was the best to ever touch a microphone in the industry. WOW. R I P. We love you always Whitney.

  5. bruce February 11, 2012

    OMG Ill miss her somuch!!!

  6. whyohwhy February 11, 2012

    God be with her Mom and BC in this terrible time….

  7. Josh February 11, 2012

    Mariah is so classy

  8. Nichole February 11, 2012

    I get so sick of people saying without Whitney there would be no Mariah.

    There would have been a Mariah Carey even if Whitney did NOT exist, because she worked her b*** off for that record deal and is one of the greatest vocalist of all time.

    That was sweet of Mariah.

    R.I.P to Whitney Elizabeth Houston. One of the greatest vocalist of all time. Terrible tragedy.

  9. Vandrea February 11, 2012


    I don’t care how “sick” of it you are. It’s the damn truth. Without Whitney, there would be no Mariah. It’s been documented by those who were involved in Mariah’s career. Sony Music wanted a Whitney clone for themselves, and modeled Mariah after her.

    Deal with it.

  10. Queentina>Your fave February 11, 2012

    Mariah worked hard for her career, but Whitney influenced her to start and influenced most of the music she made.

  11. Legendtina February 11, 2012

    Well darling, your going to have to get used to it because your going to read it and hear it now more than ever. Whitney is to Mariah as MJ is to Justin Timberlake.

  12. Meeeeeuuuuuu February 11, 2012


    MY TRIBUTE!!!!!!!

  13. Wire February 11, 2012

    Fist Brown should have died instead of Whitney Houston. SMH

    Will that convicted felon’s dumb b**** of a mother tweet that she died so he could live?

    On a positive note, Beyonce’s ugly autistic baby is a thing of the past. RIP Whitney.

    Rihanna will cheer everybody up when she wins AOTY!

  14. Theman February 11, 2012

    With all due respect to Whitney Mariah was not modeled after her. Mariah said Whitney was one of the greatest, but that doesn’t mean that she was inspired by her. So all of you idiots need to shut up and be grateful for her kind words….

  15. Joya February 11, 2012


    You have an ugly spirit. I feel sorry for you.

  16. L21480 February 11, 2012

    Mariah was certainly modeled after Whitney. Tommy Mottola wanted his own version of what Clive Davis had, and went out of his way to mold Mariah into what Whitney was. Mariah’s debut album had “Whitney” written all over it and she even worked with producers Whitney had worked with first.

  17. riri February 11, 2012

    Whitney definitely influenced mariah. but mariah obviously made her name for herself. After whitney started to use the very high notes during 80, mariah and other singers followed.

    Whitney paved the way for many artists. But does not take away mariah’s achievements and legacy. Mariah managed to set herself apart. Regardless who people prefer Whitney is ONE of greatest female vocalist and set a trend of using very high notes. End of

  18. Gary February 11, 2012

    B******* !!!! Whintey’s FIRST record came out in 1985, Mariah’s came out in 1990. That’s not that long to “influence” someone. I’m not saying she didn’t influence Mariah, but it’s not like she was out for 10 or 20 years before Mariah. Mariah was working as a backup singer while Whitney was a solo artist. So they came up aound the same time. Michael Jackson’s first SOLO album came out in 1972, Justin TImbersuck’s first solo album came out in 2002. Now MJ for real INFLUENCED Timbersuck.

  19. Gary February 11, 2012

    RIP Whitney Houston. You ARE/WERE one of the best vocalists of ALL TIME !!!!!

  20. LeviLovesCiara February 11, 2012

    You dont have to be out long to have influence on someone’s career. Selena Gomez names Katy Perry as an influence even though she came out a year after Katy. I think Whitney had a bigger influence on Leona Lewis’s career though

  21. Geezy February 11, 2012

    Much respect to Mariah for keep it classy during a time of such great loss. As a major MC fan I can say executives at Sony wanted to model Mariah’s career after Whitney’s especially during the early stages. But it was Mariah who wanted to add different elements to her music and she did once she got the opportunity during the Daydream/Butterfly eras. RIP Whitney Elizabeth Houston!!!

  22. NikkiIsChillin February 11, 2012

    Mariah’s words are so heartfelt. Makes me want to tear up…R.I.P. Whitney.

  23. Alexis Carrington February 11, 2012

    Even in death the 1995-era stans are still arguing mariah vs. Whitney. And like clockwork, in the shadows is the shady aguilera stan….pathetic. Exhale and shoop you queens

  24. jhon February 11, 2012

    Grammy please!!

    Jennifer Hudson and Mariah at grammy perfoming When you believe

  25. @antertain February 12, 2012

    One of the great duets

    Mariah respects Whitneys talent and life is so precious

  26. AnotherSadDay February 12, 2012

    So sad to hear this!!!!! Can Not Believe this has happened. She was so ready for this big comeback in Sparkle, and tomorrow’s performance …
    Very Sad, you’re voice will be miss by all, but especially those who was touched by your voice in a heartfelt way.

    Mariah’s words are beautiful and heartfelt.
    Michael Jackson, ODB now Whitney, Mariah’s lost some important people in the last couple years.

  27. Theman February 12, 2012

    You are inspired by who you choose to be inspired by not by what people on some crazy website say. Mariah carved out her own path. Even though her record label may have wanted a Whitney in terms of vocals/success, Mariah did/does the music she wants to do.

  28. Ty February 12, 2012

    It’s been said many times before how difficult it was for Mariah to get signed because they already had their America’s Sweetheart, Whitney. Mariah did work her b*** off to get noticed and to set herself apart so that no one could compare her to Whitney. Once she broke out, it was obvious that her voice stood on its own.

  29. Dev February 12, 2012

    Although i find Mariah’s tribute toughing, i don’t find it classy calling someone your friend but posting your feelings about there death on twitter.

  30. Borilove February 12, 2012

    @ DEV Whats wrong with it?? I just lost my brother and put it on my facebook status, that doesnt mean i feel less or more pain abput it. Mariahs words are beautiful!

  31. Borilove February 12, 2012

    Some fans need to tone it down. We just lost one of our favorites, i believe most of Mariah fans are Whitney fans and viceversa. this only shows that at the end of the day, their legacy its not #1s,sales or if they can or cant hit notes like they used to. Their legacy will always be THEIR VOICES, no matter what. Whitney and Mariah FOREVER!!

  32. Chica February 12, 2012

    First of all RIP Ms Houston, regardless of who my favs are this woman had one of the greatest voices to ever grace this earth.

    Mariah’s tribute was classy, but then I’d expect nothing less from her. She is a wonderful person who is often misunderstood.

    Mariah herself was not influenced by Whitnry on a personal level. Her influences are Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle etc. however at the time she was signed Whitney was big business and so Columbia did want Mariah to be their own version of Whitney. However mariah is very versatile and I believe even if Whitney never existed she would have still been signed and gone on to be big taking a different path. However even if she was modelled on Whitney in the early days she held her own vocally, she even had her own trademark vocals and was able to live with and stand side by side with Whitney back in those days.

  33. Dev February 12, 2012

    @BORILOVE, i personally find it impersonal, but i accept what you’re saying. I think i’m just old school and would call someone so on reflection maybe its not that bad.

  34. Bey is legend February 12, 2012

    Smh really? A whitney vs mariah debate, why am i even surprised? U idiots will turn around and accuse tgj of instigating stan wars. Sam doesnt have to u do a good job of it urselves. I dunno why if Whitney influenced Mariah or not is relevant now. Whitney inspired hordes of artists. Mariah is honouring her memory. Does anything satisfy yall?

    God Bless Mariah for her heartfelt words


    I hope u are happy with urself cuz u just had to go there. Ur statement was damn too heavy.


    I pray u find salvation

  35. JohnVidal February 12, 2012

    Oh my f****** life WHY OH WHY is Whitney dead??? I just saw her two days ago here in TGJ looking stunning!!! And tonight it´s the grammys… this is gonna be huge. One of the greatest ever. RIP Whitney
    I can´t believe it
    Love you too Mariah! Stunning pic TGJ used. Good old times when the industry was at its best

  36. milan February 12, 2012

    you people disgust me how dare you have a discussion here when one of the greatest is gone. If you dont have anything sincere to say but just came here as a child please leave

  37. YOOSONDALOOSE February 12, 2012

    So saddened, beautiful message Mariah.

  38. Gus February 12, 2012

    Mariah have got a big heart. When you belive” is the best duet ever!!! Nippy godbless!

  39. GaGa Army February 12, 2012

    Mariah is a flake…she feels so glad. I m sure.

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