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-- Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy told Reuters that Jackson had raised standards of music and performance to new heights, but was a victim of the culture of celebrity.
"Jackson probably died of a broken heart and a broken soul. ... He was a victim of the drug of celebrity and he was never trained to wean himself off it."
-- Pop star Madonna said in a statement: "I can't stop crying over the sad news. ... I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats but his music will live on forever. My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless."
-- Singer Justin Timberlake, who has called Jackson his idol and a strong influence on his own career, told the celebrity Web site TMZ.com:
"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."
-- Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, who performed Jackson's 1991 hit "Black or White," said: "Really sad news about Michael. He was talent from on high." ...