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Reactions to Michael Jackson's death

2009-06-26 03:30:04 GMT2009-06-26 11:30:04 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Michael Jackson's sudden death at the age of 50 brought reactions from across the music world and elsewhere. Below are some of those reactions.

-- Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of rock great Elvis Presley who was married to Jackson in the mid-1990s, said in a statement:

"I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. I am heartbroken for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me."

-- Music producer Quincy Jones, who collaborated with Jackson on three of his best-selling albums, "Off the Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad," said:

"I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at this young age, I just don't have the words."

Jones added: "He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I've lost my little brother today and part of my soul has gone with him."

-- Representatives for actress Elizabeth Taylor, a close friend of the Grammy-winning performer, said she was "too devastated by the passing of her dear friend Michael Jackson to issue a statement at this time."

-- Actress Brooke Shields, another longtime friend of the "King of Pop," said:

"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."

-- Pop star Madonna told People magazine: "I can't stop crying over the sad news. ... I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats but his music will live on forever. My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless."

-- Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, who performed Jackson's 1991 hit "Black or White," said: "Really sad news about Michael. He was talent from on high."

-- Singer and Jackson friend Liza Minnelli told Entertainment Tonight: "He was a kind, genuine and wonderful man. He was also one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I loved him very much and I will miss him every remaining day of my life."

-- Disco star Donna Summer told CNN in an interview that Jackson's death came as a "total shock."

Of Jackson's talents as a performer, Summer said: "His greatness was perfection. Michael was one of those people who wouldn't stop until he was perfect and he would keep going after that."

-- Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, the group that organizes the Grammy Awards, said in a statement:

"Rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent and vision as Michael Jackson. He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide acclaim.

-- Singer and Jackson friend Liza Minnelli told Entertainment Tonight: "He was a kind, genuine and wonderful man. He was also one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I loved him very much and I will miss him every remaining day of my life."

-- Filmmaker Steven Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly magazine: "Just as there will never be another Fred Astaire or Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley, there will never be anyone comparable to Michael Jackson. His talent, his wonderment and his mystery make him legend."

-- Disco star Donna Summer, in an interview with CNN, said Jackson's death came as a "total shock."

Of Jackson's talents as a performer, Summer said: "His greatness was perfection. Michael was one of those people who wouldn't stop until he was perfect and he would keep going after that."

-- Spoon-bender Uri Geller, long a close friend of Jackson, said of the entertainer's life and death:

"He lost his childhood, it was gone, finished. And then the trauma of suddenly becoming so famous, becoming a legend, becoming a millionaire, this is hard."

(Agencies)

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