Today is the 1-year anniversary of the death of Whitney Houston.
The internationally known music icon died on this date as the result of a drug overdose in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
To commemorate her death, Tyler Perry wrote the missive below to his followers and Whitney's fans. In it, he urges everyone to pray for her family.
Perry writes of going to the hotel the day the singer died. He remembers thinking "it was some kind of sick joke. There were hundreds of people standing around, laughing, drinking and screaming for autographs from celebrities as they arrived for a Grammy party. People were screaming my name and taking pictures as I pushed through the crowd."
He went to Whitney's room, where her family "was broken down, inconsolable."
He writes, "We must have been right above the party because there was a glass of water on the nightstand that was vibrating from the bass and the screams below. It was so surreal. ... "
Perry goes on to say that he wants us all to know that "Whitney was a fighter. She really tried to get herself together. She really tried to overcome. She really wanted to, and I also know that, like me, a lot of you were praying and rooting for her."