POISON singer Bret Michaels has released the following statement regarding the passing of legendary singer Whitney Houston:
“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.”