Tears flowed outside a hospital here Thursday as hundreds of Michael Jackson fans gathered to mourn the loss of the music legend, stunned by his sudden death at the age of 50, apparently from a cardiac arrest, at his Beverly Hills home.
Celebrities, stars and millions of his fans around the globe were overwhelmed by sorrow and shock as they sought to absorb the news of the sudden death of pop icon Michael Jackson.
"I'm absolutely devastated at this news," bestselling record producer and musician Quincy Jones told. "I just don't have the words. Divinity brought our souls together and allowed us to do what we could do through the '80s," Jones said. "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."
Pop diva Madonna revealed she was left in tears over the death of Michael Jackson. ”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.”
Britney Spears joining the chorus of musicians paying tribute to Michael Jackson said, "He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed".
California Governor Arnold Schwarzegger issued a statement lamenting the loss of "one of the most influential and iconic figures in the music industry."
"I'm just devastated, very sad. I pray that his soul is up there now," close friend Uri Geller told, after multiple US news outlets confirmed Jackson's death. "I'm still trying to hold on to the glimmer that it is not true. It is too surreal for me to absorb that Michael is no longer with us." "Michael was in good shape because he was practicing, he was training, he was rehearsing for the shows," Geller said.
US actor Jamie Foxx was in the middle of an interview with "Extra" TV when the news broke, and said he hoped Jackson would be remembered as a "brilliant musician" and not for "the circus sideshow" that his life turned into.
British Foreign Secretary David Miliband also posted his thoughts on Jackson's death on Twitter. "Never has one soared so high and yet dived so low. RIP Michael," Miliband wrote.
"Right today I can't believe we might have lost the best entertainer this world has ever seen," sobbed Lana Brown, 49, from Dallas, who described herself "as the biggest Jackson fan ever".
"I left my office. Everyone should. It's so shocking. Because you think someone like Michael Jackson will live forever, like Peter Pan," Yoshiko Plair, clasping a sunflower for her icon, told.
Many paid tribute to Jackson's influence on the world of music and dance. His album "Thriller" remains the bestselling album of all time with more than 41 million sales. And his iconic moonwalk has passed into dance legend, endlessly copied by millions of dancers around the world. "From a dancer's perspective, he was the epitome of the natural mover and popularized the 'moonwalk' from his Billy Jean video. Of course, the dance that he did for 'Thriller' is still performed, used and emulated constantly," Ashley Roland, co-artistic director of the Oregon-based dance company BodyVox, told. "He was an inspiration to so many, and I am one of them." British child actor Mark Lester, the godfather to Jackson's children, said he was in shock at the news, and praised Jackson's attributes as a father. "They're the most fabulous kids -- whatever they need, they've got me," Lester told.
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