[photogallerylink id=89208 align=right] In a new statement released yesterday, [lastfm link_type=""]Dolly Parton[/lastfm] emphasized just how deeply saddened she is by the death of pop superstar [lastfm link_type=""]Whitney Houston[/lastfm]. Parton seems to have felt a connection with the songstress, especially since they shared the hit I Will Always Love You, a song Parton wrote and performed over thirty years ago.
Parton said: “I was brought to tears again last night, commenting on Sunday’s Grammy telecast, as I’m sure many were, when [lastfm link_type=""]Jennifer Hudson[/lastfm] sang ‘I Will Always Love You’ in memory of Whitney.” ”Like everybody else, I am still in shock. But I know that Whitney will live forever in all the great music that she left behind. I will always have a very special piece of her in the song we shared together and had the good fortune to share with the world. Rest in peace, Whitney. Again, we will always love you.” Parton also went on to say via her website: ”Mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song, and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.’”