Obama and Celebrity Reactions on Loss of Michael Jackson

October 5, 2015

President Barack Obama has sent his condolences to the family of late pop star Michael Jackson, who died on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs conveyed the President’s reaction to the loss of the entertainer during a news conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

Gibbs recounted to the media President Obama’s reaction, telling reporters the Commander in Chief had commented that “Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer, a music icon. Everyone remembers hearing his songs, watching him moonwalk on television during Motown’s 25th anniversary. But the President also said that [there were] aspects of his life that were sad and tragic. His condolences went out to the Jackson family and fans who [are mourning] his loss.”

Through his music and performance, Michael Jackson has touched the lives of so many and inspired numerous celebrities to become who they are today. All across the globe fans and celebrities alike pay Tribute to The King of Pop:

Celebrity reactions via social network “twitter” via vibe.com

From social music network spinner.com

“It's always hard to lose a friend.”Smokey Robinson

“I am so grateful to have worked with the King (and always will be King) of the music industry. He was a gift to the world, he is a bright light and I wouldn't be surprised if the world stopped spinning tomorrow.”Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am

“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.”Tina Turner

“The world has lost one of the most talented people we've all ever known. He was a hero for me as a child and his music helped my career to become known as an adult. He will always live through my turntables. Rest in peace Michael.”DJ AM

“Michael Jackson was my generation's most iconic cultural hero. Courageous, unique and incredibly talented. He'll be missed greatly.”Russell Simmons

“I am so saddened by the loss of a great idol and icon, Michael Jackson. He was, to me, the greatest entertainer of all time. He was a huge inspiration for performers across all music genres. He taught us all how to light up the stage. Wow.” –'American Idol' judge Randy Jackson

“It is difficult to think of a more impactful loss from the passing of an icon than that of Michael Jackson. His entire 40-year career has been one of the greatest inspirations to our music. In the early part of our career, he and his brothers helped motivate us to pursue music regardless of our age. He was an unequaled talent who set the bar for how music can affect the world. We join the millions of music fans, mourning the passing of this true great!”Taylor, Isaac and Zac Hanson

“There is no one in the world like MJ! Never has been! Never will be! We all know him in one way or another. In some way he has touched us, been the voice of one of our sweetest memories. And what a wonderful, genuine, compassionate, soft spoken giant so full of love. He gave us love, excitement, one of a kind moments in a mundane world. I can't believe he won't be with us here on earth anymore. But long from now, when we are all dust, he will still never be forgotten … To the best that ever did it! You are loved, admired and respected forever”Alicia Keys

<span style=”font-style: italic;”>”I am deeply saddened to hear of Michael's sudden passing. His was a rare talent that we witness once in a lifetime. One who makes such an indelible mark that for generations singers and dancers attribute him as inspiration. I had the great privilege of watching him every night doing what he did best … entertain. I am grateful to have known him for the two years that I worked for him and will mourn his loss with his many millions of fans across the world.” —Sheryl Crow

“Michael was one of the most brilliant musicians I've ever known. The world will be a sadder place tonight because he is gone.”Neil Diamond