Whitney Houston death: Celebrity reactions

Slideshow posted in Photos | Saturday, February 11, 2012

4 of 18: Lionel Richie said this to CNN in response to Whitney Houston's death on Feb. 11, 2012:

'I'm absolutely devastrated. We've seen it happen so many times, from the 60s the 70s the 80s the 90s. we've watched them come, we've watched them go. She had that voice. She had that voice that can just turn a story and a melody into just magical, magical notes. There was no end to what range she should could hit and of course, you think she can't get any better than that.'

'When you think of someone that gifted with a voice, it's almost angelic at that point. For her, it was that signature. It was that beautiful voice she had.'

(Pictured: Lionel Richie talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com in September 2010.) (OTRC Photo / Lionel Richie talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com in September 2010.)