Britney Spears Remembers the Late Ed McMahon

Entertainment Jun. 23, 2009 AT 6:53PM
Britney Spears and Ed McMahon Credit: Todd Williamson/WireImage.com; Jason Merritt/FilmMagic

Britney Spears is mourning the death of Ed McMahon, who died early Tuesday at age 86 after a battle with cancer.

"I am deeply saddened by today's news about Ed McMahon," Spears Tweeted Tuesday.

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Spears' history with McMahon dates back to 1992 when, at the age of 10, she sang Naomi Judd's "Love Can Build a Bridge" on the McMahon-hosted show Star Search. (She won the first round but lost in the second.)

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"He is responsible for giving so many artists their first shot, including myself," Spears said in her statement. "He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed."

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