Remembrance

Friends, Family React to MJ's Death

In the wake of Michael Jackson’s passing on Thursday night, some of the biggest names in Hollywood shared their reactions. “I can’t stop crying over the sad news,” Madonna said to People. “I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats.” Jackson’s ex-wife—and daughter of fellow “king” Elvis Presley—Lisa Marie Presley 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.” Music producer Quincy Jones, who produced Jackson’s Thriller album, said that Jackson “had it all—talent, grace, professionalism and dedication.” He added, “I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.” Jackson was preparing for a 50-date tour in London at the time of his cardiac arrest, for which $85 million in tickets had already been sold. Some fans paid into the multi-thousands for their tickets to Jackson’s first major performance in more than a decade.