In the 24 hours since news broke that pop icon
"My heart is overcome with sadness for the devastating loss of my true friend Michael," Brooke Shields, who dated Jackson in the '80s, said in a statement to MTV News. "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."
Jackson's longtime pal, Emmanuel Lewis, according to his agent is "sincerely devastated at this time," adding that the loss is "very personal and very emotional": "Former 'Webster' star Emmanuel Lewis, who befriended singer Michael Jackson in the 1980s, has been profoundly impacted by the singer's death on Thursday afternoon."
Slash and Jackson teamed up for a legendary 1995 VMA appearance. In a statement to MTV News, the former
Legendary acts like Smokey Robinson and Tina Turner are also remembering Jackson. "It is always hard to lose a friend. I will miss Michael and all that he brought to the world through his music and his creative genius," Robinson told MTV News in a statement. "I know that his legend will live on and that the world will miss him dearly."
"I am shocked and saddened by Michael's passing," Turner, who worked with Jackson on the now-classic charity single "We are the World," told Spinner. "I, along with his millions of fans, looked forward to seeing him tour one more time. Now, may he rest in peace."
MTV will be paying tribute to MJ throughout the weekend with music videos, exclusive performances and calls and tweets from celebrity admirers and friends.
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