RIP Michael, tweets the world
As the world woke up to the news of 'King of Pop' Michael Jackson's death, everyone from Indian politician Shashi Tharoor to California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger took to Twitter, the micro blogging website to convey their shock and sorrow.
Tharoor who is on his first ever overseas assignment to the Gulf remembered his meeting with the pop icon.
"MJ's songs and impact will of course outlast the recollections of his oddities. Met MJ once in my UN hat. Musical genius, but distinctly odd (like Mozart?) Wanted to be a UN goodwill ambassador but we couldn't recommend it," wrote Tharoor.
Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat too paid obeisance through a small tweet,"R.I.P. MJ".
Image: Mallika Sherawat
'His star will shine forever'
Superstar Mariah Carey wrote a poignant message saying that Jackson can never be replaced.
"My prayers go out to the Jackson family,and my heart goes out to his children. Let us remember him for his unparalleled contribution to the world of music, his generosity of spirit in his quest to heal the world & the joy he brought to his millions of devoted fans throughout the world. I feel blessed to have performed with him several times & to call him my friend. No artist will ever take his place. His star will shine forever," wrote Carey.
Image: Mariah Carey
'A major strand of our cultural DNA has left us'
"We lost a great entertainer and a pop icon. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Jackson's family, friends and fans," wrote California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Gravity singer John Mayer wrote,"I truly hope he is memorialised as the '83 moonwalking, MTV owning, mesmerising, unstoppable, invincible Michael Jackson. Dazed in the studio. A major strand of our cultural DNA has left us. RIP MJ."
Oscar winning actress Jane Fonda wrote,"I am stunned, my friend Michael Jackson is dead. he lived with me for a week on 'Golden Pond' set after Thriller."
Image: John Mayer
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'Michael Jackson, the first 2 English words I ever spoke'
Sri Lankan born Oscar nominated rapper MIA wrote, "Michael Jackson, the first 2 English words I ever spoke, the future sucks!"
Ardent Twitter followers Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher both requested the media to respect the privacy of the grieving family.
"I plea to the public to refuse to consume media that does not respect the anonymity of Michael's children. I plea to the press to respect his wishes of maintaining the anonymity of his children," wrote Kutcher.
Image: Maya Arulpragasam aka M.I.A. and boyfriend Benjamin Bronfman
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'The last legend'
Upcoming singers Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift wrote about the huge influence the star had on their music.
"Michael jackson was my inspiration. Love and blessings," wrote Miley Cyrus while Swift tweeted, "It just doesn't feel real. Everyone is walking around backstage saying, 'Have you heard?'"
Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz wrote, "I have never felt this before in my life. I could measure my childhood 2 now on an MJ growth chart. RIP. The last legend."
Image: Miley Cyrus
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