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Dolly Parton, who penned and recorded "I Will Always Love You," the song that Whitney Houston later spun into a worldwide signature anthem, is weighing in on the tragic death of the singer. Whitney, 48, died on Saturday (Feb. 11).
Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson performed in tribute to Whitney during the Grammy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 12).
“I was brought to tears again last night, as I’m sure many were, when Jennifer Hudson sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the Grammys in memory of Whitney," Dolly said in a statement. "Like everybody else, I am still in shock. But I know that Whitney will live forever in all the great music that she left behind. I will always have a very special piece of her in the song we shared together and had the good fortune to share with the world. Rest in peace, Whitney. Again, we will always love you."
Dolly previously released a statement on her website , saying, "Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, 'Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.'"