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'Shocked and Saddened' by Whitney's Death

2/11/2012 7:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The passing of Whitney Houston has hit the band New Edition hard, as one would expect, and they are all praying for her family ... the band tells TMZ. 

In a statement, the group tells TMZ, "We are absolutely shocked and saddened by the sudden and untimely death of our dear sister Whitney. As a group, we are extremely close; when one of us hurts, we all hurt."

Bobby Brown, Whitney's ex-husband and father of her only child, is a member of the band.

They continue, "As much as we are in pain right now, we will continue to draw strength from God, as we support and comfort our brother Bobby, their daughter Bobbi-Christina and Whitney's mother Cissy Houston. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the entire Brown-Houston family today and always."

As TMZ first reported, Brown is with the group in Mississippi where they have a show scheduled this evening. As of now, it will go on as planned.

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AJ    

I don't see why Bobby is so "Shocked" He is the one that got Whitney hooked on the crack that made her heart explode today.

880 days ago
17.

AJ    

Maybe the STD that Ray J got from Kim Kardashian killed Whitney instantly........

880 days ago
18.

mebrat24    

who cares about this bottom feeder. I feel for the mom and daughter.

880 days ago
19.

zeke    

Sponsored by HENNESSY BLACK!

880 days ago
20.

TNT    

Don't want to disappoint the sell-out crowd of 20 people by cancelling the concert.

880 days ago
21.

Mia    

Bobby, you are such a S***! If it wasn't for you she'll be still alive!

I hope guilt RAVAGE you till your dying day!

880 days ago
22.

gertie    

I think Bobbie B had to fligh to his daughter

880 days ago
23.

HumanNature    

I WILL ALWAYS BLAME YOU, BOBBY!!

880 days ago
24.

Boo Hoo    

The tragedy is not so much that she died, but in the way she lived. And as to Brown, how can he even pretend to be distraught. Her descent into sadness started when she met him. He destroyed her. It's true that she let him, but he truly is a worthless POS. Sad to see her go. : (

880 days ago
25.

CitySide    

He's nothing but a worthless, talentless POS from Roxbury...

880 days ago
26.

mdoh    

addiction is a terrible disease....you can't blame Bobby....he is actually clean right now...and New Edition has a very loyal following...can perform for over 10,000 people/night without an album...do your homework before you bash people!

880 days ago
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BIGTUNECHI    

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880 days ago
28.

anna    

Bobby Brown killed Whitney slowly the last 18years.He is such a hypocrite.A talent free person.

880 days ago
29.

carole    

Bobby Brown should get on the first plane out and be with his daughter right now. dirty bastard makin a buck want to be in the lime light. i hope he burn in hell his daughter needs him asap put this **** out on newsstand now. how dare he. he married her for her money if you ask me.he set her up to drugs man you should be there now.

880 days ago
30.

MARI    

stop saying negative things about the dead!! this is wrong and to the person that said it is bobby browns fault you are correct he did start her on the stuff but she loved him. bobby was her husband and her daughters father so let it go man. we all loved her and so did bobby.

880 days ago
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