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Stars lead tributes to 'genius' Jackson26/06/2009 - 09:36:20Stars mourned Michael Jackson today as a loss to the world of music.

Leading the tributes was his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley.

In a statement reported on the BBC website, she 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." Mark Lester, who is godfather to Jackson's children, described him as "a very sweet, kind and loving man".

The former child star said the pair first met more than 30 years ago.

"The last time we saw him he was in London a few weeks ago," he said.

"He was absolutely fine.

I can't believe this, it's such a shock." He told 'GMTV' that Jackson was ready for his planned gigs in London, saying: "If he didn't think he could do it, he wouldn't have done it." Former child actor Corey Feldman, who was a close friend of Jackson's, wrote on his website: "He was my idol, he was a role model, he was someone to cry to when my childhood was unbearable, he was a brother, he was a dear friend." He said the pair fell out eight years ago, but he remained close to the Jackson family.

He wrote: "I am trembling and shaking at the moment and it is very hard to type.

I am filled with tremendous sadness and remorse.

"All I choose to remember from this point is the good times we shared and what an inspiration he was to me and the rest of the world.

"Nobody will ever be able to do what Michael Jackson has done in this industry, and he was so close to doing it all again." A host of celebrities from the music and entertainment industries lined up to acknowledge the star's genius.

Madonna said in a statement on the BBC website: "I can't stop crying over the sad news.

"I've always admired Michael Jackson â€" the world has lost one of its greats but his music will live on forever.

"My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family.

God bless." Friend and psychic Uri Geller said from his home in Sonning, Berkshire: "I'm shocked and devastated.

I am hoping this is a dream I will wake up from, but it is not.

Michael is dead.

"For him not to be around, that he's gone, is just surreal.

It cannot sink into my psyche.

He was a genius." He said he feared it may have been the "stress" of Jackson's planned comeback tour that killed him.

Music producer Quincy Jones told MSNBC: "I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news." He said Jackson "had it all â€" talent, grace, professionalism and dedication", adding: "I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him." Film directors Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg also paid tribute.

Scorsese told "Michael Jackson was extraordinary.

When we worked together on Bad, I was in awe of his absolute mastery of movement on the one hand, and of the music on the other.

"Every step he took was absolutely precise and fluid at the same time.

It was like watching quicksilver in motion.

"He was wonderful to work with, an absolute professional at all times, and - it really goes without saying â€" a true artist.

It will be a while before I can get used to the idea that he's no longer with us." Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly: "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 legend." Demi Moore paid tribute on Twitter, writing: "I am greatly saddened for the loss of both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Especially for their children!" Her husband, Ashton Kutcher, also posted: "RIP.

Sending love and light to family and friend but especially his kids." The Rev Al Sharpton, a leading US civil rights campaigner and friend of Jackson, told Sky News: "As a friend of Michael's for the past 35 years, I call on people from around the world to pray for him and his family." Singer Cher said on the BBC website: "I'm having a million different reactions I didn't expect I would feel.

"He was a great singer â€" God gives you certain gifts and this child was just an extraordinary child touched by this ability.

He could sing like nobody else and he was able to connect with people." Fellow singer Celine Dion added: "I am shocked.

I am overwhelmed by this tragedy.

Michael Jackson has been an idol for me all my life.

"He was not only a talented person but he was unique â€" a genius.

It's such a loss.

It feels like when Kennedy died, when Elvis died." Friend and actor Joe Pesci told Fox News: "He was a fun kid and did so much.

He always reinvented himself time and time again and certainly was a great entertainer and dancer and great to watch with all that energy.

"He was excited about getting back to the stage.

He was downhearted for a while and I think he finally got himself up." In a tribute reported on the website, singer Justin Timberlake said: "I can't find the words right now to express how deeply saddened I am by Michael's passing.

"We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only pop music, but of all music.

"He has been an inspiration to multiple generations, and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together.

My heart goes out to his family and loved ones." And a tribute on the star's website from his record company described him as a genius.

The head of the Sony Corporation Howard Stringer said: "Michael Jackson was a brilliant troubadour for his generation, a genius whose music reflected the passion and creativity of an era.

His artistry and magnetism changed the music landscape forever.

"We have been profoundly affected by his originality, creativity and amazing body of work.

The entire Sony family extends our deepest condolences to his family and to the millions of fans around the world who loved him."Related Stories:26/06/2009: Concern over star's reliance on painkillers26/06/2009: Geller: Stress of tour became too much for Jackson26/06/2009: Jackon fans wait for concert refunds news26/06/2009: Pop faithful around the world mourn Jackson26/06/2009: Surge of Jackson album sales26/06/2009: Stars lead tributes to 'genius' Jackson26/06/2009: Jackson death tops global news agenda26/06/2009: Jackson death news sparked internet frenzy26/06/2009: Fans pay tribute to megastar26/06/2009: 'King of Pop' dead at 5026/06/2009: World coming to terms with Jackson death26/06/2009: Tragic end for King of Pop as coroner confirms death26/06/2009: Weeping fans converge on hospital26/06/2009: Tributes flood in for Jackson26/06/2009: Hospital expected to confirm Jackson death25/06/2009: Reports: Micheal Jackson dies25/06/2009: Jackson 'in a coma'25/06/2009: Death fear as Jackson rushed to hospital
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