June 26th, 2009
06:25 PM ET

Jackson 911 tape released

The 911 call from inside Michael Jackson’s home has just been released.  We’ve got the shocking call and will play it for you tonight on Showbiz Tonight.

Don’t miss it, tonight on Showbiz Tonight, 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.


Filed under: Michael Jackson
June 26th, 2009
05:54 PM ET

Mother of Jackson's kids speaks!

Debbie Rowe Jackson, Michael Jackson’s ex-wife and the mother of two of his children just released this statement:

“Though Michael is now at peace, the world has lost a beautiful and loving soul.  I appreciate the outpouring of support and prayer for Michael, all of his family, me and our children, and hope our privacy can be respected at this difficult time.”

For more on this developing story tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN. Don’t miss it!


Filed under: Michael Jackson
June 26th, 2009
05:21 PM ET

Elizabeth Taylor 'broken'

Dame Elizabeth Taylor, one of Michael Jackson’s closest friends and confidants, is breaking her silence over The King of Pop’s tragic death. Her publicist just released this statement to Showbiz Tonight:

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"My heart…my mind… are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can't believe it. I don't want to believe it. It can't be so. He will live in my heart forever but it's not enough. My life feels so empty. I don't think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I've ever known. Oh God! I'm going to miss him. I can't yet imagine life with out him. But I guess with God's help... I'll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, "To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever." And, I will love HIM forever."

Call us at Showbiz On Call -888-SBT-BUZZ (888-728-2899)- with your memories and thoughts about Michael Jackson. And be sure to tune into Showbiz Tonight at 11pm ET/PT on HLN to hear your calls and for the latest developments.

June 26th, 2009
12:09 AM ET

Janet Jackson 'devastated'

Janet Jackson’s manager, Kenneth Crear has just released the following statement to Showbiz Tonight:

“Janet Jackson is grief-stricken and devastated at the sudden loss of her brother. She is in pre-production on a film and is flying immediately to California to be with her family.”

Be sure to tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN for the latest on this developing story.


Filed under: Michael Jackson
June 25th, 2009
11:48 PM ET

More celebrities share thoughts on Jackson

Updated:

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

Call us at Showbiz On Call -888-SBT-BUZZ (888-728-2899)- with your memories and thoughts about Michael Jackson. And be sure to tune into Showbiz Tonight at 11pm ET/PT on HLN to hear your calls and for the latest developments.

June 25th, 2009
10:23 PM ET

Celebrity reaction to Jackson's death pours in

Celebrities are speaking out and sharing their grief over the loss of Michael Jackson tonight.  

Michael Jackson showed me that you can actually see the beat. He made the music come to life!! He made me believe in magic. I will miss him!” – Sean “P.Diddy” Combs

 "I don't know what to say. I loved him. Not just his music but "him" his idealism and openness and humanitarian heart, his understanding of the human family as one, the high spiritual nature of him and to juxtapose THAT, with a great worldy impact and success,..... He was TRULY a special soul. As a person in the music industry, I've seen a glimpse of how rewarding but also how hurtful it can be , especially for sensitive souls.  I actually think he was too special and fragile for the world he was in.  My heart goes out to every member of his family." With love- India Arie

"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!"  – Britney Spears

"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 3 children and other members of his family... God bless"- Madonna

"Michael Jackson will live forever through the thing that he put all of his life energy into: his music. I will do my part to keep the melody alive, to keep the energy forever changing form, but never ever dying!! Long live Michael Jackson." – Ne-Yo

"Michael Jackson was easily as influential as James Brown, and that's saying a lot.  He was the Fred Astaire of his time.  We had Vincent Price in common - I used him first on "Welcome To My Nightmare" in 1975, and he later used him on "Thriller."  Nobody moved like Michael, he was truly the King of Pop." – Alice Cooper

"I am full of grief."- Whitney Houston

“Michael Jackson will always be remembered as one of the greatest performers in the history of popular music.  As a child of the 80's, I feel as though his music and his videos have been an inseparable part of my life and that of an entire generation.  And the powerful thing about great music is that it will always live on.  He was and always will be an icon.  My heart goes out to his family, friends and countless fans for their tragic loss.”- John Legend

“I am heart broken. My prayers go out to the Jackson family, and my heart goes out to his children. Let us remember him for his unparalleled contribution to the world of music, his generosity of spirit in his quest to heal the world, and the joy he brought to his millions of devoted fans throughout the world. I feel blessed to have performed with him several times and to call him my friend. No artist will ever take his place.  His star will shine forever.”- Mariah Carey

“I can’t find the words right now to express how deeply sadden I am by Michael’s passing.   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.” – Justin Timberlake

Call us at Showbiz On Call -888-SBT-BUZZ (888-728-2899)- with your memories and thoughts about Michael Jackson. And be sure to tune into Showbiz Tonight at 11pm ET/PT on HLN to hear your calls and for the latest developments.

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