Ray J On Whitney Houston’s Death: “I Lost My Close Friend”

Whitney On February 3rd
Houston left a doctor's office just a week before her death.
Almost a week after Whitney Houston’s passing at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, friend and reported on/off boyfriend Ray J finally released a statement, according to TMZ.

“Over the past few days, I’ve tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing,” the statement read.  “What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words.  The world lost an icon, but I lost my close friend.”

“Nippy, I miss you so much!” he wrote, referring to the nickname Houston’s father gave her.  “You were so happy and full of love.  Your smile will live in my heart forever.”

Ray J is among the high-profile guests attending Houston’s funeral Saturday (February 18th) at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church.