Hours after the shocking death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston, the show went on for singer Bobby Brown on Saturday night.

Brown, 43, went ahead with a planned concert in Mississippi with his group New Edition as news hit that Houston had died at age 48 in her hotel room at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, reports Us Weekly.

After reportedly breaking down backstage pre-show, Brown declined to join his bandmates for the opening song. Reportedly, he then went onstage for the second song to massive cheers.

At the end of another song, Brown shouted “I love you, Whitney!” and blew a kiss to the sky, looking visibly teary.

During the ballad “Tenderoni,” Brown broke down onstage. As he sobbed, he asked the audience to sing along to the hit.

Brown is not scheduled to perform with New Edition in Nashville, Tennesee Sunday night and is reportedly traveling back to Los Angeles to comfort his 18 year old daughter with Houston, Bobbi Kristina.

Brown and Houston were married from 1992 to 2007.

Despite their volatile relationship, Houston told Oprah Winfrey in 2009, “I loved him so much…He was my drug. I didn’t do anything without him.”

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