I Can't Stop Crying; Michael Jackson: Stars Pay Tribute to King of Pop

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I Can't Stop Crying; Michael Jackson: Stars Pay Tribute to King of Pop


Byline: Rick Fulton

POP legend Madonna yesterday spoke of her grief over Michael Jackson's death, admitting: "I can't stop crying.

"I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats but his music will live on forever."

Madonna, who was born less than a fortnight before Jacko, famously escorted him to the Oscars in 1991 when they were the undisputed king and queen of pop.

She added: "My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless."

Pop princess Britney Spears said: "I was so excited to see his show in London. We were going to be on tour in Europe at the same time and I was going to fly in to see him.

"He has been an inspiration throughout my entire life and I'm devastated he's gone!" Some close friends of the superstar were simply too upset to talk.

A spokesman for Oscar winner Dame Elizabeth Taylor said: "She is too devastated by the passing of her dear friend Michael Jackson to issue a statement at this time.

"We will direct her words to you once we receive them."

Director Steven Spielberg said: "Just as there will never be another Fred Astaire or Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley, there will never be anyone comparable to Michael Jackson.

"His talent, his wonderment and his mystery make him a legend."

And Sir Paul McCartney said: "It's so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul."

Macca collaborated with Jackson on Say Say Say and The Girl Is Mine in the 80s. But they fell out when the American bought the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue.

Confused

There have been reports that Jackson may have left the rights to Sir Paul in his will.

Jackson's first wife Lisa Marie Presley - who lost her father Elvis in 1977 when he overdosed on prescription drugs while on the toilet - 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."

Jacko's close friend Lisa Minnelli said: "I'm just devastated. Every Tuesday night we had dinner.

"I loved him, he was just sensational, a great, great friend and curious, curious man and a dear, dear friend."

Another close friend, singer Diana Ross, said: "I can't stop crying, this is too sudden and shocking. I am unable to imagine this. My heart is hurting. I am in prayer for his kids and the family."

Former South African president Nelson Mandela issued a message through his foundation, saying Jackson's loss would be felt worldwide.

Jackson sang at a birthday concert for Mandela in 1998.

Elton John paid tribute to the King of Pop with a special rendition of Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me at his White Tie and Tiara Ball.

The annual bash gradually turned from a happy party into a sober affair as news leaked through about Michael Jackson's death.

Justin Timberlake performed an hour-long set for the 400 guests, unaware his childhood hero had passed away.

Devastated Justin said later: "We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only pop music but of all music."

A source said: "Justin broke down in shock backstage after he was told of the news. It was like a case of Chinese whispers around the room, no one could believe it. Lily Allen was furiously Twittering underneath the table.

"Elton didn't make an announcement about his death but he performed Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - in tribute to him."

Italian legend Sofia Loren, a friend of the singer, said: "There will never be another Michael Jackson. …

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