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Whitney Houston remembered by celebs, fans on 49th birthday

Whitney Houston as Emma in the remake of

Whitney Houston as Emma in the remake of “Sparkle,“ out in theaters on Aug. 17, 2012. (Credit: Handout)

Celebrities and fans turned to Twitter to remember Whitney Houston on what would have been the singer's 49th birthday on Thursday.

The phrase “Happy Birthday Whitney” was trending on Twitter early in the day, with celebrities chiming in to remember the “I Will Always Love You” singer.

Brandy Norwood, who starred alongside Houston in Disney's 1997 “Cinderella” tweeted:

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“Happy Birthday to the GREATEST VOICE OF ALL TIME!! Whitney Houston, you are the dream!!! You are the inspiration!! You are MY ANGEL!”

Houston died on Feb. 11, 2012, in a hotel room in California. She drowned in the bathtub, and an autopsy later revealed heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors in her death.

Shortly before she died Houston filmed the movie “Sparkle,” which will hit theaters later this month.

Jordin Sparks, her co-star in the upcoming film, told Newsday it was exciting to film with Houston.

“At the table read -- when we all got together to read the script -- Whitney walked in, and you could literally see everybody sit up a little straighter. I was like, ohmigosh -- she's here. I mean, it's Whitney Houston. She's . . . The Voice. But she was great. She showed me it doesn't matter how big you get, how many records you sell -- you're never too big to say hi. Or sit down and have a conversation.”

On Thursday, Sparks tweeted a simple "#HappyBirthdayWhitney <3" 

Houston's daughter, whose Twitter account is not verified, also tweeted about her mother. Bobbi Kristina Brown wrote:

“Once it hits 12 a.m. mommy, it's your birthday. I am going [to] celebrate it [to] the fullest!”

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