Ray J expresses sorrow over friend Houston's death

February 17, 2012 - 12:05 PM
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FILE - In a Saturday, June 26, 2010 file photo, singer Ray J arrives at the "PRE" BET Awards 2010 Party in Los Angeles. Ray J , who was one of the people who spent time with Whitney Houston in her last days, is expressing his sorrow over her loss. In a statement to The Associated Press on Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, he said he's spent the last few days trying to "process the emptiness that I feel." (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Ray J — who was one of the people who spent time with Whitney Houston in her last days — is expressing his sorrow over her loss.

In a statement to The Associated Press on Friday, he said he's spent the last few days trying to "process the emptiness that I feel."

The singer said the world lost an icon but he lost a "close friend." Calling her by her nickname, he added: "Nippy I miss you so much!"

His representative, Courtney Barnes, says Ray J, whose sister is singer Brandy, will be at Saturday's funeral for Houston in Newark, N.J.

Ray J and Houston spent time together in the days before her death. She died in a hotel suite in Beverly Hills, Calif., last Saturday.