The public mourning over the untimely death of American music icon Michael Jackson reaches well into the artistic community. His friends and colleagues have had nothing but wonderful things to say about the musician, praising him for his talent and innovations in the music and music video world. Here’s a collection of statements made about the former King of Pop.
|Britney Spears: I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him. He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I’m devastated he’s gone!|
Justin Timberlake: We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only Pop music but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.
|Booker: I feel like part of my childhood died with MJ …. thankfully his music lives forever.|
|Stryker: Michael Jackson dying is a sad day for the world. One of the best entertainers of all time. It’s like losing a Beatle or Elvis. I hope his kids are ok.|
|McCabe: He’s an Icon who’s music inspires us and will continue to do so, my heart goes out to his family and children.
|Beyonce: This is such a tragic loss and a terrible day. The incomparable Michael Jackson has made a bigger impact on music than any other artist in the history of music. He was magic. He was what we all strive to be. He will always be the King Of Pop! Life is not about how many breaths you take, but about how many moments in life that take your breath away. For anyone who has ever seen, felt or heard his art, we are all honored to have been alive in this generation to experience the magic of Michael Jackson. I love you Michael.|
|Usher: May God cover you Michael. We all lift your name up in prayer. I pray for the entire Jackson family particularly Michael’s mother, children and all his fans that loved him so much. I would not be the artist, performer, and philanthropist I am today without the influence of Michael. I have great admiration and respect for him and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to meet and perform with such a great entertainer, who in so many ways, transcended the culture. He broke barriers, he changed radio formats! With music, he made it possible for people like Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama to impact the mainstream world. His legacy is unparalleled Michael Jackson will never be forgotten.|
|Will.I.Am: I am so grateful to have worked with the King. He was a gift to the world. He is a bright light and I wouldn’t be surprised if the world stopped spinning tomorrow.|
|Quincy Jones: I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words.|
|Lisa Marie Presley: I am completely shocked and saddened by Michael’s death. My heart goes out to his children and his family.|
|Brooke Shields: My heart is overcome with sadness for the devastating loss of my true friend Michael. He was an extraordinary friend, artist and contributor to the world. I join his family and his fans in celebrating his incredible life and mourning his untimely passing.|
|Paula Abdul: Words cannot begin to express my heartfelt sorrow upon hearing the new of Michael Jackson’s passing. I was blessed to be able to work with, and witness first hand, his tremendous talent and growth through the years as he truly became an icon. Today we have all lost a legend who has touched each of our lives through his music and showmanship over the past five decades. To his family, the entire Jackson clan, and to all his adoring legions of fans throughout the world, my prayers and deepest condolences to all.|
|Cher: I am having a million reactions. When I think of him, I think of this young boy, this teenager I first met … He was a great teenager, optimistic and adorable. He was a great singer. You can’t write him off as just a pop [star]. He was a genius like Ray Charles … He had a gift… He was able to connect with people.|
|Click here to view photos of vigils for Michael Jackson that are being held around Los Angeles.|