Whitney Houston death: Celebrity reactions

Slideshow posted in Photos | Saturday, February 11, 2012

17 of 18: Bret Michaels, a rocker who rose to fame in the 1980s with the band Poison and later became a reality TV star, said this about Whitney Houston on his Facebook page, following her death on Feb. 11, 2012:

'My deepest condolences to Whitney Houston's family and friends.'

'I first met Whitney when we were in Rome on tour. I couldn't sleep so I went down to the lobby. There she was sitting on the couch reading a book, apparently she couldn't sleep either. We sat and hung out chatting for quite a while. She was awesome. Over the years, we ran into each other at several other events, the most memorable being when we were performing in Rio for the Hollywood Rocks festival.'

'I happened to walk up to my room from the pool where a bunch of us had been sitting and saw the news about the Northridge earthquake. I remember telling her, the guys from Aerosmith and others about the news... '

'Again... what a great person with a great voice and amazing talent. She will be missed.' (Pictured: Bret Michaels appears in this Jan. 23, 2011 photo posted on his Facebook page.) (facebook.com/BretMichaels)