Fans around the world immediately took to their Facebook and Twitter accounts Saturday evening upon learning about the death of Whitney Houston.
The volume of stunned reactions and outpouring of grief and memories was commensurate for a performer whose career spanned generations and who's sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos so far, according to her website.
The list of trending topics on Twitter was dominated by Houston-related terms including "wanna dance with somebody," "#DearWhitney," "will always love you," and "didn't we almost have it".
Here's what some of her millions of fans were saying on Twitter and HLN's Facebook page:
@JimMunro Roughly the same age as Whitney Houston. She was an incredible sight and sound of the 1980s. She almost had it all. R.I.P Whitney Houston
@djsupersarah We've lost our King of Pop, Michael Jackson . Now we have lost our Queen of Pop :(
@DuleHill Sad to hear we've lost another one of our great treasures. R.I.P Whitney Houston you've inspired a generation of artists. You'll be missed.
@SamTweetedYou It's sad how when I first saw R.I.P Whitney Houston trending I didn't believe it because people on twitter are constantly "killing" celebs.
@eatboston If your bar isn't playing Whitney Houston all night, close your bar.
@SI_PeterKing Whitney Houston's Super Bowl anthem 21 years ago in Tampa is the only one I recall that had players talking about it post-game
@RatchetRalph Michael Jackson passed before the BET Awards, Amy Winehouse passed before the VMA's, and R.I.P. Whitney Houston passed before the Grammy's..
From HLN's Facebook page, where many fans were sharing their favorite Whitney Houston memories
Kortney G. I Wanna Dance with Somebody! She was such an amazingly talented women!! She was so loved and will be greatly missed!
PJ C. I will always remember her beautiful voice and all of her music, still listen to her music and always will
Melissa S. I will remember her healthy and happy... it's a shame what addiction can do to a person :(
Evy K. I saw her at the 1988 Nelson Mandela Freedom fest when I was 18!! Everyone was tired from the long day of continuous performers, but when she took the stage, she breathed LIFE back to the audience!!! RIP Whitney, I will always love you!
Leslie C. She inspired me to be a singer when I was a little girl when she was in "The Bodyguard". I am so shocked by the tragic news!
Kevin D. Super Bowl 25 singing the national anthem still brings a chill down my back
Brian B. I will always remember her as she was when she first came on the music scene in the 80's. Such a gifted and talanted woman. Addiction destroyed all that.
Tricia F. I won her 1st album by being caller #6 from my local radio station...that was a gr8 alblum & I still have the record & record cover
Neliska C. Best rendition of the Star Spangled Banner ever heard during Desert Storm!!
Konan H. I'm blasting and dancing to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" at BK and I will remember her and her majestic voice!
Programming Note: All this week, tune in to HLN’s Nancy Grace at 8 p.m. ET, live from Hollywood, for up-to-the-minute details surrounding Whitney Houston's death, followed by Dr. Drew at 9 p.m. ET with more on the singer's battles with addiction. HLN will begin live coverage at 9 a.m. ET Saturday for funeral events in New Jersey on “ Farewell to Whitney Houston.”