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The Entertainment Industry Reacts to Michael Jackson’s Death

Following the tragic news of Michael Jackson‘s death members of the entertainment industry is at a complete standstill. Quincy Jones, who produced Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ album expressed is sadness following the tragic event.

“I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don’t have the words,” Jones said in a statement.

“Divinity brought our souls together on The Wiz and allowed us to do what we were able to throughout the 80′s. To this day, the music we created together on “Off The Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” is played in every corner of the world and the reason for that is because he had it all…talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.”

According to TMZ, social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and AIM were slowed due to increased traffic. Many celebs flocked to their Twitter pages to offer their condolences. Mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs wrote, “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!”

A Michael Jackson Retrospective

    Michael Jackson was rushed to the hospital on the afternoon of June 25 after suffering from cardiac arrest. According to reports, he has died at the age of 50. A Retrospective of His Life

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    Known as the King of Pop, Jackson began his life as a child sensation who blossomed into one of the greatest pop stars of all time.

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    Motown Records signed the Jackson 5 in the late ’60s. Michael was the lead singer, backed up by his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon.

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    Michael then morphed into a highly successful recording artist, making his first solo album in 1972. It wasn’t until 1979′s ‘Off the Wall’ that he truly broke himself off from his brothers.

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    Jackson appears in the 1982 music video for ‘Thriller,’ one of the best-selling albums of all time with at least 27 million copies sold worldwide.

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    Over the course of his storied career, Jackson won 13 Grammy awards — eight of them for ‘Thriller’ alone.

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    His stage presence captured the hearts of millions — including his signature “moonwalk” dance which he unveiled in 1983 while performing ‘Billie Jean.’ At 50 years old, he was attempting to make a comeback with several dates scheduled in London.

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    Jackson’s successes were also marred by personal strife and controversy. In later years, the singer was twice accused of molesting children. In the first, he settled out of court with the accuser, and in the second he was found not guilty.

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    Jackson is seen being escorted into court in January of 2004 — the second time he was charged with child molestation. The first, in 1993, resulted in a settlement reported to be worth about $23 million.

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    Jackson is shown here in his 2003 mug shot where he was booked on child molestation charges. The singer was later acquitted.

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The BoomBox staff were with R&B singer Trey Songz when news of Jackson’s death broke. Songz retreated to his trailer and posted “Speechless” on his Twitter page. Singer Solange Knowles, who was rumored to be joining Jackson on his upcoming European tour, mourned the singer’s lost. “Thank you Michael Jackson for being my FIRST of many! My mother took me to my FIRST concert, I was only two years old. I fell in love.”

Kelly Rowland wrote, “Michael you left such a legacy on this earth, have touched SO MANY!!! We thank you for such a driving inspiration in music & our lives!! This has got to be one of the saddest days in music history!! Michael Rest In Peace! WE miss you!”

The rap community has also been vocal in expressing their appreciation for Jackson’s legacy. “If it were not for Michael Jackson I would not be where or who I am today,” wrote Ludacris. “His Music and Legacy will live on Forever. Prayers to the fam R.I.P.” “Even some of the stuff we saw & thought was crazy, i don’t excuse but I know how life changing being famous is.. now times that by 100 4 M.J.” rapper Fabolous wrote.

Jackson suffered a cardiac arrest Thursday afternoon. He was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center where he was confirmed dead. Ironically the singer was rehearsing for a 50-city tour which was set to kick off July 13. He is survived by his three children Michael Jackson Jr, Paris, and Prince Michael.

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