As the world continues to reel from the sudden death of legendary performer Michael Jackson, we’re taking a moment to celebrate his extraordinary life through photos and quotes from celebrities who were inspired by his artistry and transformed by his humanity. The King of Pop died on June 25 at the UCLA Medical Center after collapsing at his rented home in Holmby Hills. The official cause of his death is still unknown at this time. His brother Jermaine told reporters, "It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known. R.I.P., Michael Jackson.
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Michael Jackson with Julio Iglesias, Enrique's father, in the 1980s.
"I think it has taken us all by surprise. Without a doubt, he’s one of the greatest in the world. His voice, his style, his way of dancing made him an icon and the King of Pop. Today, after so many years, he continues to be an inspiration to many in this field. He wrote his page in history and that’s a beautiful thing because his legacy will remain alive forever." - Enrique Iglesias
Jackson took to the stage in São Paulo to perform at the Morumbi Stadium on October 17, 1993.
"I very clearly remember being a young girl watching Michael Jackson moonwalk on the American Music Awards and thinking, 'This must be magic!' And it was! I'm eternally grateful for a lifetime of inspirational music. - Angie Martinez
Crowds of fans gather outside of the Apollo Theater to remember pop star Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009 in New York City.
Wow this has to be one of the top 3 worst days of my life R.I.P Michael Jackson!!!" - Fat Joe, via Twitter.
"Omg u guys tell me it's not true! Just came back to my room from soundcheck and heard about Michael Jackson!!!! I'm in tears." - Kat de Luna, via Twitter.
Michael Jackson attended a press conference to announce plans for a summer residency of concerts at the O2 Arena, Grenwich on March 5, 2009 in London, England.
"Today we have lost the most important artist of our time, the most important artist of my generation. He forever changed the pop genre and has influenced all of us. His music, his dancing, and his energy will stay with us forever." --Luis Fonsi
"Music today has become increasingly simple and artists depend more and more on the 'playback' to stage a live show. We have lost one of the most talented artists on the planet. Thanks for the 'moonwalk'...I still can’t get it right." -- Residente of Calle 13
Michael Jackson performs in Spain in 1996.
"I do not think there is any artist today that has not been influenced and inspired by Michael Jackson. Whether by his charisma, his voice or his humanitarian efforts, we have all learned something essential from him. I am still in shock and cannot accept that Michael Jackson is gone. It is a nightmare, but we are fortunate that he left us with such a wealth of great music to remember him by." – Romeo of Aventura"The shock of Michael Jackson's death can only be overshadowed by the sorrow it brings to the world and to me, personally. I remember years ago that, by coincidence, I was recording in the same studio in Los Angeles with Michael and my wife and I had the pleasure of sharing some time with him there. He was very kind and gracious and, because he owned the rights to Light My Fire, thanked me for contributing so much to its success. He was just such a nice person and he will be sorely missed." - Jose Feliciano