Peridot president Arrindell extends condolences to Whitney Houston -family

POSTED: 02/13/12 7:28 PM

St. Maarten – The Peridot Foundation extends its deepest condolences to the families, friends, and the music world, on the sudden passing of multiple Grammy Award winning singer Whitney Houston,” President Gracita Arrindell said in a press release issued yesterday. The foundation feels a link with the singer’s death because her cousin Dionne Warwick visited St. Maarten in May of last year to speak out against domestic violence.

“Our heartfelt sympathy goes out especially to her daughter Bobbi- Christina her mother gospel singer Cissy Houston and her cousin, a singing legend in her own right, Ms. Dionne Warwick,” the press release stated.

“I too was very saddened to hear about the passing of Whitney Houston on Saturday night,” Arrindell stated. “As the world comes to grips with the untimely death of this beautiful and exceptionally talented singer, many in Sint Maarten also feel and share this great loss in the world of music. The Peridot Foundation takes this opportunity to share in this grief and extend our deepest condolences to all who mourn this loss.”

“From the moment the sad news hit the networks, I received many calls expressing warm sympathy and great support to Ms Warwick and her family,” Arindell stated. “In May of 2011 charming Ms. Dionne Warwick, graced our shores when she took time out of her very busy schedule to lend her support to help bring awareness to the cause of Peridot Foundation, which aims to eradicate relational violence, domestic violence from our community. We deeply appreciated Dionne’s presence on Sint Maarten and support then, we stand firmly in support of her now in her time of bereavement”.

“Whitney was a source of tremendous inspiration to hundreds of millions of people around the world,” the press release continued. “Part of the lyrics of her hit song ‘The greatest love of all’ ….I believe the children are our future…’ was used as an inspiration to young students who visited parliament for an information session last year.”

Arrindell stated that “As we mourn this great loss, the golden voice of Whitney, may have been silenced forever, but her legacy lives on, her songs live on, her inspiration lives on. May God continue to bring his love, grace and support to the Houston, Warwick and Brown families, may her soul rest in eternal peace. We will always love you!”

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