Following the cardiac arrest and death of Michael Jackson at age 50, on Thursday, June 25, celebrities are speaking out over the devastating news. Jackson’s ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley has also issued a brief statement.
Presley, who was married to Jackson on May 26, 1994 (they divorced in 1996), 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.”
Madonna, who is equally upset, issued a statement to PEOPLE:
“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.”
Pete Wentz had tweeted earlier, but added:
“There will never be another. He was the royalty of American culture. I could measure the growth of my life based on him. I have never felt such public grief for someone I have never met. A legend. I practiced his moves in the mirror. … We lost the last legendary entertainer of my generation. I feel lost without his presence. Sorry if this is kind of jumbled and emotional. I don’t even know what to say.”
“I would not be the artist, performer, and philanthropist I am today without the influence of Michael.” Jackson, he said, “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.”
Brooke Shields, who considered Michael a good friend (the two briefly dated), said:
“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.”
One day, Jackson’s children can read all of the heartfelt messages left by fans, friends and colleagues and know how many lives their father touched.