Mariah Carey, Juelz Santana, More Remember Michael Jackson

Ellen DeGeneres and Keri Hilson also grieve the loss of an icon.

Fans are still in shock over Michael Jackson’s death . Jackson’s music entertained and inspired millions, and his devotees are reacting via all forms of media.

TV personality Ellen DeGeneres took to Twitter, saying, “So sad to hear about Michael Jackson. His music changed our lives. The world has lost an amazing singer and dancer. I will miss him.”

[artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist] also tweeted, “I am heartbroken. 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.”

“Just like many other artists, I have always been inspired by Michael Jackson,” [artist id="1746119"]Keri Hilson[/artist] said. “He’s the only idol I’ve ever had and I’m saddened that I never got to tell him how much he and his music mean to me. I’ve met many stars in my life but I would have been completely satisfied just to have laid eyes on MJ himself,” she continued. “The closest I’ve come was hearing he and his band rehearsing right next door to me here in L.A. last month, while he was rehearsing for his tour abroad. I will be overseas at the same time the tour was scheduled so yet again I looked forward to being in the same place.”

[artist id="1237281"]Juelz Santana[/artist] spoke to MTV News, still in disbelief. “This is … damn!” he said. “Wow! Unexpected. A shock. A low blow. All that right there.” The Diplomat member said he woke up around 4:45 p.m. to the news of the icon’s death.

“I’m getting myself together, walking in the living room [when] they said Mike died,” Santana recalled. “It was breaking news at 5. I put it up on Twitter and people were saying his death was still pending. I couldn’t believe it. … I just woke up and they said, ‘Mike is dead.’ The first thought in your mind is, ‘That’s Michael Jackson. He can’t be dead.’ That just shows you everybody is human, nobody is immune to nothing — especially death.”

MTV will be paying tribute to MJ throughout the weekend with music videos, exclusive performances and calls and tweets from celebrity admirers and friends. For everything we’ve got on the life, career and passing of the legendary entertainer, visit “Michael Jackson Remembered.”

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