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While out in L.A. on Saturday morning passing out presents to children in the Brotherhood Crusade and Mothers in Action organization, singer Ray J couldn’t help but address the recent passing of his close friend Whitney Houston.

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“It's just such a tough time for me,” Ray J explained via E! Online of mourning the Feb. 11 death of the “I Will Always Love You” artist.

It’s only been about a month since Whitney was found unconscious in her Beverly Hilton Hotel room and the 31-year-old, who grew particularly close to the icon in her final years, explained that he is trying to work through his grief.

"I really miss my friend, ya know, I really do. I'm still hurting,” Ray J spoke to the crowd at the Headquarters of the Los Angeles Sentinel.

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Although Ray J is dealing with immense sorrow at this time, he decided to attend today’s event for the kids, “to give back, laugh with them, hug them, give them anything they need.”

Raydiation 2, which will be Ray J’s fifth album, is slated to be released at some point this year.

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