Bobby Brown ‘Deeply Saddened’ by Whitney’s Death

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Whitney Houston's former husband, Bobby Brown, will not perform at a scheduled New Edition concert Sunday night in Nashville in the wake of his ex-wife's death, said Candy Lowd, a promoter for the concert.

Brown broke his silence on the sudden death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston earlier on Sunday.

"I am deeply saddened at the passing of my ex-wife," Houston's former husband said in a statement Sunday. "At this time, we ask for privacy, especially for my daughter, Bobbi Kristina. I appreciate all of the condolences that have been directed toward my family and I at this most difficult time."

Brown performed at a "New Edition" concert Saturday night in South Haven, Mississippi.

"The atmosphere felt bittersweet," said iReporter Moshiu Knox, who attended the concert with his wife. "Bobby was crying during his performance and at one point had to walk off stage. ... The crowd was emotional and tears were flowing all over the arena."

Video of the concert shows Brown asking the audience to pray for the couple's daughter. "If you find the time, can you say a prayer for me because I'm going to need it," he says.

Source: CNN Wire Staff