June 25th, 2009
09:06 PM ET

Michael Jackson remembered

Statements are pouring in from all over Hollywood about Michael Jackson’s death.

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"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."- Lisa Marie Presley

"I was lucky enough to know and work with Michael Jackson in his prime. Michael was an extraordinary talent and a truly great international star. He had a troubled and complicated life and despite his gifts, remains a tragic figure. My wife Deborah and I will always have great affection for him." – John Landis, director of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and "Black or White" music videos.

"I knew Michael as a child and watched him grow over the years. Of all the thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most outstanding. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will never be matched. He was truly one-of-a-kind." – Dick Clark

"Michael Jackson was one of the most creative and successful recording artists of the last 40 years. He became an instant star when he was only 11 years old, fronting the Jackson 5," said Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock Hall of Fame and Museum. His solo career was so extraordinary that he became known as the King of Pop. Few other artists of his era reached the peaks that he did, both in terms of sales and critical acclaim.  His legacy will live on for a long, long time. We join the world in mourning the loss of this twice-inducted member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"Michael Jackson was my Musical God.  He made me believe that all things are possible, and through real and positive music, he can live forever!  I love Michael Jackson.  God Bless him."- Wyclef Jean

"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. A 13-time GRAMMY recipient, Michael's career transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our hearts go out to his family and to music lovers around the globe who mourn this great loss."- Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy®

"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.   Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the 80's.  To this day, the music we created together on "Off The Wall," "Thriller" and "Bad" is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all...talent, grace, professionalism and dedication.  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."- Quincy Jones

"Michael Jackson was my generations most iconic cultural hero. Courageous, unique and incredibly talented.  He'll be missed greatly."- Russell Simmons

"A friend of Michael's for the last 35 years, I call on people around the world to pray for him and his family in the hour. I have known Michael since we were both teens, worked with him, marched for him, hosted him at our House of Justice headquarters in New York, and we joined together to eulogize our mutual idol, James Brown. I have known him at his high moments and his low moments and I know he would want us to pray for his family."- Reverend Al Sharpton

"I am so devastated by this terrible news. From the beginning of my career, he was my idol in show business. He was a genius and an incredible artist!! I remember when I was growing up and watching him on TV, and all his videos...I had his poster on my wall...he was so amazing...his singing, his writing, his dancing. We had the same record company, and they knew I was a huge fan, so when things started to happen for me, they arranged for us to meet. I was so nervous, and so excited at the same time, and Michael was so nice. He autographed one of his hats for me.... I was so thrilled. Years later, he came to see my Las Vegas show and we spent some time together....and we were really looking forward to seeing his show in London. It's unbelievable that he's no longer with us. It still hasn't sunk in. I guess we're just finding out what happened, but all I can say is that he must have been under an enormous amount of pressure......to do the shows, and to keep on top of everything, plus this was going to be his big comeback. This is a lot of pressure and it can be overwhelming for anyone. I'm sure it was just too much to handle. Right now, along millions and millions of others I am so sad....and I just want to send my prayers and love to Michael's family. I can't imagine how difficult this is for them....to lose someone so special. And it's the same for everyone in the world who loses a loved one. It just keeps reminding us of how precious life is, and that we never know when it's our time. God Bless his soul."- Celine Dion

“The two great losses that we experienced today can only be balanced by the beautiful things they left behind for us on this earth. Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson will forever live in my heart as unforgettable and eternal...Las dos grandes perdidas que hemos  sentido hoy solo se puede balancear con las cosas bellas que dejaron atras en nuestro mundo. Farrah Fawcett y Michael Jackson viviran siempre en mi corazon como inolovidables y eternos...” – Gloria Estefan

“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.”  - Brooke Shields


"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."-Will.I.Am

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  1. Rick Glasgow

    This comment is in response to comments that are coming up on these entertainment site's "Who will take the title of King of Pop" these writers act like this is a Heavy weight belt, and that it can be passed on. We need to set Hollywood straight, there is and will be only "1" King of pop and that is Michael Jackson, and that will never change!!! Just like Elvis is and will be forever the King of Rock!!!!!

    July 31, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. poup

    To the Jackson Family. GOD NEVER MAKES A MISTAKE. MICHAEL IS IN A MUCH BETTER PLACE. GOD knew what He was doing when He gave Michael to you. The wicked shall cease from troubling, the weary will be at rest. And all of GOD SAINTS AND HIS ANGELS SHALL SIT AT HIS FEET AND BE BLESSED. Praise Be TO GOD. Micheal we love you with all of our hearts, but GOD Loves you more. REST IN PEACE MICHAEL. Soon we all shall meet in the great by and by. Halleluia. Praise be to GOD!

    July 7, 2009 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Barbara

    MJ you'll never be forgotten and your music and videos will long be played forever.I loved your music especially when you went out by yourself...nothing against your brothers.You'll be ever remembered and in our hearts forever...

    July 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ingrid Gilmour

    Michael's contribution to the world was immeasurable. Even in South Africa in the 1970's with no access to television and heavy censorship, his music somehow penertrated the airwaves and his spirit swept the country and inspired all people, made them happy and above all kept them dancing to a new beat.

    Let us remember his loving spirit, and acknowledge his great contribution to humanity. He lives in our hearts forever.

    July 6, 2009 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. justjackinpa

    May you FINALLY rest in peace! You will NEVER be forgotten! Those who have hurt you will at one time in their lives either on earth or in death pay for their sins!! You were a gift from God to the world. And like they say you don't know what you have till it's gone! Forever in our hearts Michael!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XOXOXOX

    July 5, 2009 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sandra

    Michael Jackson should still be here with us. Who would have given him or obtained this drug knowing how dangerous they were and how risky. I am angry, he should still be here. His new concert would have been amazing. He was focused and alert, his dance moves were genus. I am so heartbroken to think that this beautiful entertainer and human being was snatched from us due to someones neglect and greed .Out of all the people who surrounded him and that were close to him there should have been someone that gave a damn, someone who truly watched over him. WHERE WERE THEY ?????? Our Childhood stars deserve more from us,they give us their whole lives and bring us so much happiness. Someone should be appointed to watch over them, they need this special care.
    I am sorry Michael, your life was cute short to soon.

    July 3, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Av24

    Michael Jackson was the King of Pop he started a new era of music by his singing and dancing. He was an entertainer but he never got a chance for Life to entertain him. Every time he tried to enjoy life people ruined his enjoyment by saying he is a freak and a child molester. Michael was a Catcher in the Rye he never wanted to grow up and he wanted to help other kids to enjoy the Childhood he never had. He didn't want to stop till he got enough of Life. People wouldn’t stop making Stereotypes about Michael Jackson. He wouldn’t stop entertaining his fans and helping others, somebody had to stop and we all wished that it wasn't Michael Jackson. Michael don't stop till you get enough your talent was one of a kind we will all miss Michael Jackson.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ehm

    Allen In Hartwell Ga,
    You obviously aren't in the music industry – if you were, or even had a clue about the tremendous influence MJJ had on the sounds of the past 30 years of music, you'd know why he is getting so much air time.

    You are a judgmental fool. Someone someday will pass unfair judgment on you just from the testimony of another. Those who live in glass houses....

    June 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Allen in Hartwell GA

    Enough already!!! This person was immoral – not a saint. Why is the media, especially CNN, giving him so much air time.

    June 28, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Augustine

    Michael Jackson was blessed with many gifts from God and he has used those gifts to touch people all around the world. His death is very tragic and, of course, news worthy; but please don’t forget that there are children who have lost their father, siblings who have lost their brother, and parents that have lost their son. The media would not give him peace and privacy in life, at least you can give him peace and privacy in death.

    June 28, 2009 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |

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