The loss of legendary pop icon, Michael Jackson, has been felt around the world, especially by those celebrities that had the honor of working with Jackson during his illustrious career.
Here is what a few of them had to say about the ‘King of Pop’s’ death:
“I am really shocked; as I’m sure the world is, to hear the news. I had the pleasure of working with Michael on ‘Beat It’ back in ‘83 – one of my fondest memories in my career. Michael will be missed and may he rest in peace.” – Eddie Van Halen
“We lost a great entertainer and a pop icon. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Jackson’s family, friends and fans.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
“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!” – Diddy
“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 come to you today with great sadness, acknowledging the loss of the greatest entertainer in the history of mankind. For me he was more than that, he was my idol, he was a role model, he was someone to cry to when my childhood was unbearable, he was a brother, he was a dear friend.” – Corey Feldman
“His music is just as relevant now as it was the day they pressed record, I’m sure it will remain so for generations to come.R.I.P.Mr Jackson.” – Samantha Ronson
“I am stunned. My friend, Michael Jackson is dead. He lived with me for a week on the Golden Pond set after ‘Thriller.’ ” – Jane Fonda
“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 find the words right now to express how deeply saddened 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
“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.” – Madonna
“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 (married to Michael from 1994 – 1996)
“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
A number of celebrities also took to their twitter accounts to express their grief:
Miley Cyrus: Michael Jackson was my inspiration. love and blessings
Demi Moore: I am greatly saddened for the loss of both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Especially for their children!
Star Jones: Death comes to all. But great achievements build a monument.” He IS and WAS the greatest entertainer of all times…Peace to you brother.
John Mayer: I think we’ll mourn his loss as well as the loss of ourselves as children listening to Thriller on the record player. Dazed in the studio. A major strand of our cultural DNA has left us. RIP MJ.
MC Hammer: I have no words.. I loved Michael Jackson.. RIP..
Lindsay Lohan: NO OMG … sending my love and prayers out to Michael and his family … i feel sick..
Marlon Wayans: My prayers, my love, my heart goes out to michael jackson and the entire jackson family. I pray so hard for them. I’m crushed! Please pray.
Kim Kardashian: Wow I am truly in shock that Michael Jackson has passed away! I love u Jackson family, my prayers are with the whole family!
Kelly Rowland: Michael you left such a legacy on this earth, have touched SO MANY!!! We thank you for such a driving inspiration in music & our lives!! This has got to be one of the saddest days in music history!! Michael Rest In Peace! WE miss you!
Shanna Moakler: The hard thing about getting older is watching all those who inspired you pass, love to the jackson family.
Perez Hilton: It’s days like this that put it all into perspective. If you’re reading this right now, you are blessed to be alive. Hug your family.
Shaquille O’Neal: aaaaaaaaaaaaaagh dam dam dam
Ludacris: If it were not for Micheal Jackson I would not be where or who I am today. His Music and Legacy will live on Forever.Prayers to the famR.I.P.
Solange Knowles: My fifth birthday party was M.J. themed, I insisted.My mother found a lookalike to come sing happy birthday and I KNEW he wasn’t MY Michael
Thank you Michael Jackson for being my FIRST of many! My mother took me to my FIRST concert, I was only two years old. I fell in love.
Ice-T: Rest In Peace Mike. People can say what they want but you were 100% original. WE will always love , miss & remember your GREATNESS.
Ashton Kutcher: I plea to the press to respect his wishes of maintaining the anonymity of his children. Rip Sending love and light to family and friend but especially his kids.
Jenny McCarthy: Michael Jackson has passed away. His spirit and creative influence will live on through his music that we have loved for decades.
Kirstie Alley: Don’t know what to say…so I will say I am so sorry for his family either way… What a horrible way to find these things out…sorry
Jordin Sparks: Omg I’m bawling right now. Michael….
Cary Hart: Man, terrible day. Farrah, and jackson in one day. Terrible.
Travis Barker: I’m speechless, WTF?
Katy Perry: Oh my God.
Ashley Tisdale: So sad. Saying a prayer for Michael Jackson.
No words can express the loss of a true icon. Michael Jackson will always be remembered through his music.