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Michael Jackson: The world pays tribute

Michael Jackson

Story by Jack Foley

CELEBRITIES, friends, family and political figures have paid tribute to the memory of pop legend Michael Jackson, who died from a suspected cardiac arrest on Thursday, June 25, 2009.

The 50-year-old singer was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering the suspected heart attack shortly after lunchtime on Thursday… but paramedics and doctors were unable to revive him and his death was announced shortly afterwards to send the world into shock.

Tributes have been paid throughout the day and night, as celebrities and politicians have been leaving messages of condolence and support on their Twitter pages.

Leading the tributes was Jackson’s long-time collaborator and friend Quincy Jones, who worked with him on Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad.

He told the TMZ celebrity website: “I’m absolutely devastated at this news. I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together and allowed us to do what we could do through the 80s.

“To this day that music is played in every corner of the world, and the reason is because he had it all – talent, grace and professionalism. I’ve lost my little brother today and part of my soul has gone with him.”

Michael’s brother, Jermaine Jackson, said in a recorded statement: “My brother, the legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 2.26pm. It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home.

“Our family requests that the media please requests our privacy at this tough time. And may Allah be with you Michael, always. Love you.”

Pop queen Madonna stated: “I can’t stop crying over the sad news. I’ve always admired Michael Jackson – the world has lost one of its greats but his music will live on forever. My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless.”

Among the most immediate and poignant tributes was that paid by civil rights campaigner Rev Al Sharpton, who publicly described the singer as the star the world could not ignore and “a trailblazer”.

He added: “Michael Jackson made culture accept a person of colour.”

He went on to tell MTV: “I hope now the genius and humanity of Michael Jackson gets its due.”

Further tributes came from the likes of P Diddy, who commented on Twitter: “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!”

Former actor turned Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, commented: “He was one of the most influential and iconic figures in the music industry… Our hearts go out to the Jackson family, Michael’s children and to his fans worldwide.”

And Jackson’s ex-wife, Lisa Marie Presley said: “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.”

US President Barack Obama also paid tribute via a White House spokesman, who said that Obama considered Jackson a spectacular performer, but said he felt parts of his life were “sad and tragic”.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, who teamed up with Jackson for the hit singles The Girl Is Mine and Say Say Say, described Jackson as a massively talented boy-man with a gentle soul.

Singer Lenny Kravitz said: “There will never be another talent like Michael Jackson.

“He was the first live performer I ever saw. I got to see him at Madison Square Garden when I was eight. If not for him, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing.

“He gave me joy as a child and showed me the way to go. He was music. Period. “

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  1. A very sad loss to the world, we shall miss him very much, he will live in our hearts forever and stay in our prayers.

    Suky    Jun 26    #