Whitney Houston death: Celebrity reactions

Slideshow posted in Photos | Saturday, February 11, 2012

8 of 18: Singer Smokey Robinson said to CNN regarding Whitney Houston, following her death on Feb. 11, 2012:

'Whitney was like family to me. I've known her family and her forever. It's rough. I know that she's going to be remembered well. I just hope that people think about the positive things about her and not too much about her problems. Everybody has problems. It seemed like she was coming out of them. It's just a tragic thing to lose her this way.'

'I know she would want people to remmeber her profound talent and to think of her in a positive light. She was a nice person and I know that she would want to be remembered that way rather than being remembered for her problems.'

'Whitney was family to me. She was one of the greatest voices in the history of music.'

(Pictured: Smokey Robinson talks to OnTheRedCarpet.com at Michael Jackson's posthumous hand and footprint ceremony at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Jan. 26, 2012. The singer died on June 25, 2009 at age 50.) (OTRC Photo)