June 25th, 2009
11:48 PM ET
Celebrity reaction continues to pour in over the death of Michael Jackson.
“It is so hard to express in words what Michael Jackson meant to me. He was my friend. He was one of the reasons I got into the music business. He inspired me. He taught me. He laughed with me. He paved the way for African American artists to be played on MTV which was huge. My heart is full of grief for his family and his children and I pray that they take solace in the incredible legacy of his music and art.” Whitney Houston
"I can't stop crying, this is too sudden and shocking. I am unable to imagine this. My heart is hurting. I am in prayer for his kids and the family." – Diana Ross
"The Michael I knew was far more thoughtful considerate and caring than they would ever write about.....he was a really good father and his Kids have suffered a tremendous loss my heart goes out to his entire family but especially to his parents who gave to the world this AMAZING GIFT......the lies, the fighting, the courts, the prison of fame, the embezzlers, the con artist, what they gonna say now. The King of pop is free.......and write this now, that one of the greatest at what he did is gone.....I sure wanted to see him do his thing just one more time.....I will miss Michael" – Steve Harvey
"Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer. I am devastated by this great loss, and I will continue to be humbled and inspired by his legacy. My prayers are with his family. Michael will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. He's the greatest... the best ever. No one will ever be better." -R. Kelly (wrote"You Are Not Alone)
"I am deeply saddened and shocked by Michael's passing. He was one of the greatest entertainers this world has ever seen. I will always cherish the times spent with Michael and his family. His music and dance moves have influenced me and most of today's artists. I will always remember him." – Alfonso Ribeiro
"This loss has deeply saddened me! It is with a heavy heart I composed this statement. 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." -Usher
"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." -Beyonce
"I am deeply saddened to hear of Michael's sudden passing. His was a rare talent that we witness once in a lifetime. One who makes such an indelible mark that for generations singers and dancers attribute him as inspiration. I had the great privilege of watching him every night doing what he did best...entertain. I am grateful to have known him for the 2 years I worked for him and will mourn his loss with his many millions of fans across the world." - Sheryl Crow
"I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the sudden death of Michael Jackson. He is a musical icon. I have always said to myself that the top would be working with Michael and last year when I got the chance to work with him, I was completely humbled. Michael Jackson's accomplished so much that there's not even words to explain what he's done for urban and pop music. Every artist that I personally know has been influenced by him. The world has lost one of the greatest entertainers who shaped many generations and will continue to for years to come." - Akon
"Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer. I am devastated by this great loss, and I will continue to be humbled and inspired by his legacy. My prayers are with his family. Michael will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. He's the greatest... the best ever. No one will ever be better." - Chris Brown
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