Winfrey hadn't heard that the Houston and Brown families had to shoot down rumors yesterday that Bobbi Kristina had been taken off of a ventilator. After a paparazzo filled her in on the latest news, the media mogul had to take a second to gather herself.
"There aren't any words right now," Winfrey said while tearing up.
While she admits she was not close to Houston, Winfrey's friend Tyler Perry
has been an important part of the Houston and Brown families. ET has confirmed that Perry even flew Bobbi Kristina's father Bobby Brown to Atlanta to be with his daughter.
"Tyler has been really close to the family," Winfrey said. "Tyler was really supportive of Whitney when she had her troubles -- he intervened and tried to help her -- and I know that he's been instrumental in trying to help Bobbi Kristina, too, but I hadn't heard that."
Bobbi Kristina was discovered face down in a bathtub of water on Jan. 31, just days shy of the third anniversary of Houston's death. She has since been moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta where she remains in a medically induced coma.
"I don't believe there's any irony in the timing -- that it's all happening around the same time -- because it's just been three years," Winfrey said. "We're all going to pray for Bobbi Kristina, right?" Winfrey added before closing the door to her SUV.
Bobbi Kristina has been on the minds of many in Hollywood.
"It does remind me [of Whitney's death] and brings back those feelings," GRAMMYs
host LL Cool J told ET. "Ultimately I just pray that [Bobbi Kristina] recovers, that she comes out of her coma and that her family rallies around her and gives her the support that she needs to get healthy again."
"I'm heartbroken that the Houston family is feeling such pain again," Houston's close friend Clive Davis told ET at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. "I've been in touch with [Houston's sister-in-law] Pat and offering my support, solace and prayers. The family really requests privacy at this very trying time, and certainly I'm going to respect it and I'm sure everybody else will too."