Janet Jackson is grief-stricken and devastated at the sudden loss of her brother,” manager Kenneth Crear said in a statement to MTV News. “She is in pre-production on a film and is flying immediately to California to be with her family.” Since Jackson released her statement, she has been seen in Los Angeles.
My heart is overcome with sadness for the devastating loss of my true friend Michael,” Brooke Shields, who dated Jackson in the ’80s, said in a statement . “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.”
Jackson’s longtime friend Emmanuel Lewis according to his agent is “sincerely devastated at this time,” adding that the loss is “very personal and very emotional”: “Former ‘Webster’ star Emmanuel Lewis, who befriended singer Michael Jackson in the 1980s, has been profoundly impacted by the singer’s death on Thursday afternoon.”
Kanye West took to his blog saying “Thank you for everything, Mike”
Diana Ross released a statement saying: “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.”
At the same time, Tina Turner was quoted about the sudden death of her peer: “I am shocked and saddened by Michael’s passing. I, along with his millions of fans, looked forward to seeing him tour one more time. Now, may he rest in peace.