Mariah Carey: "Whitney Houston Will Never Be Forgotten"

12 February 2012, 04:54 | Updated: 12 February 2012, 05:04

The 'Hero' singer has paid tribute to her the late singer following the news that she has passed away in Los Angeles.

Whitney Houston has paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston following the singer's tragic death yesterday (11th February) at the age of 48.

The 'Without You' singer says she considered Whitney to be a good friend and described the 'I Will Always Love You' singer as one of the "greatest voices" ever.

"Heartbroken and in tears over the shocking death of my friend, the incomparable Ms. Whitney Houston," Mariah posted earlier today (12th February.

"My heartfelt condolences to Whitney's family and to all her millions of fans throughout the world," Mariah continued. "She will never be forgotten as one of the greatest voices to ever grace the earth."

Mariah's husband Nick Cannon also took to Twitter to post his own tribute to the 'Heartbreak Hotel' singer, who was aged 48 at the time of her death.

"Tell our loved ones how much we love them while they're still here," Nick tweeted. "I wish I could've told Whitney how great she was one last time."

Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston notably worked together on the latter's 1998 single 'When You Believe, which featured Mariah as a guest vocalist.

Whitney Houston was pronounced dead yesterday at the Beverley Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles after paramedics were called to her room and were unable to revive her.

The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed they will be launching an investigation into her death but say there was no sign of any criminal intent.

Whitney Houston's music career started back in 1984 and has seen her release six studio albums and sell over 170 million records worldwide.

View a gallery of Whitney Houston's life in pictures here.