Whitney Houston Dies: British Celebs React on Twitter

Whitney Houston (Rex Features via AP Images)

There are some celebrities that are so huge that they transcend national boundaries, and Whitney Houston, the diva with the titanic voice and a tragic life, was one of them. News of her sudden death today (February 11) at the age of 48 has drawn immediate and powerful reaction from around the globe, including from the UK (where it is in the middle of the night at the moment).

Here is a sampling of the reactions via Twitter from British celebs:

Jonathan Ross: “So sad to hear about Whitney. Saw her live once before things got crazy. She was incredible.”

Idris Elba: “I’M HEART BROKEN RIGHT NOW, MY THOUGHTS GO TO HER FAMILY… REST IN PEACE WHITNEY HOUSTON, YOU WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN…EVER.”

Ricky Gervais: “RIP Whitney Houston. An amazing talent & a tragic soul. So sad.”

Noel Clarke a.k.a. Doctor Who‘s Mickey: “Just heard in LALA that Whitney Houston has died. WTF? RIP if so. we all have our demons but she was one of the greatest ever! #RIPWHITNEY”

Piers Morgan: “Stunned by Whitney Houston’s death at just 48 – one of the greatest voices ever heard. #RIP”

Simon Cowell: “I am so sad to hear about Whitney. We have lost one of the greatest singers of all time.”

Sharon Osbourne: “Devastated. My heart goes out to Bobbi Christina. Always be proud of your mother, she was magnificent.”

Kelly Osbourne: “I truly hope you are in peace #WhitneyHouston I feel so honored to have known you! I love you RIP!”

Jackie Collins: “Whitney Houston is dead. A beautiful & talented woman RIP Whitney.”

“American Boy” singer Estelle: “Mama whit. RIP. My heart hurts.”

Here are the the four Whitney singles that reached No. 1 in the UK:

More updates to come…

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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