The Jackson family is heartbroken over the loss of Whitney Houston who passed away Saturday at the age of 48.

X17online has exclusively received the following statement from the family:

    "We honor and celebrate the life of one of the world’s most gifted vocalist and talented entertainers, Whitney Houston.

    Although we are all saddened by her sudden passing and will miss her, we respectfully ask everyone to please consider her family at this time of difficulty by granting them the patience and comfort they need to mourn their loss in peace."