Thursday, June 25, 2009

MICHAEL JACKSON, the King of POP dies @ UCLA


August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009
REST IN PEACE

7 comments:

DIVERSITY NEWS said...

"Rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent, and vision as Michael Jackson. He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time GRAMMY recipient, Michael’s career transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our hearts go out to his family and to music lovers around the globe who mourn this great loss."

By Neil Portnow
President/CEO
The Recording Academy®

DIVERSITY NEWS said...

Screen Actors Guild Members Mourn the Passing of Legendary Icons Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson

Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild released the following statement on the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson: Already saddened by the recent passing of the wise and witty Ed McMahon, Screen Actors Guild members are today mourning the deaths of television legend Farrah Fawcett and entertainment icon Michael Jackson.

Screen Actors Guild National President Alan Rosenberg said: “Today marks the passing of two of the 20th Century’s most iconic and best loved entertainers. It is a deep loss for all of us in the entertainment industry and for the fans around the world whose lives were touched by Farrah and Michael.

“Farrah was the personification of our art. She had mastered her craft as an actress and was blessed with that elusive dynamism that makes an actor a star. My heart goes out to Ryan and Redmond and the other members of Farrah’s beloved family.

“Michael Jackson’s music and artistry was the soundtrack to much of the last half century. From the first Jackson Brothers recordings in the late 1960s to his most recent performances, Michael Jackson was a brilliant entertainer who made significant contributions to 20th Century music. His sudden passing has stunned us all. My deepest sympathies are with his children and all of the Jackson family,” Rosenberg added.

Screen Actors Guild Interim National Executive Director David White said: “It is a sad and somber day for the entertainment world and the millions of people who enjoyed Michael Jackson’s music and Farrah Fawcett’s brilliant performances. Along with our members and the world community who enjoyed their talents for more than three decades, I offer their loved ones my sincerest condolences.”

~By Screen Actors Guild

DIVERSITY NEWS said...

"In behalf of my family “We are very thankful from the bottom of our hearts."

~By Janet Jackson, Michael's sister.

DIVERSITY NEWS said...

From Dame Elizabeth's reps:

"Dame Elizabeth Taylor is too devastated by the passing of her dear friend Michael Jackson to issue a statement at this time."

DIVERSITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS said...

Governor Schwarzenegger Issues Statement Regarding the Death of Michael Jackson

“Today, the world has lost one of the most influential and iconic figures in the music industry. From his performances with the Jackson 5, to the premiere of the ‘moonwalk’ and ‘Thriller,’ Michael was a pop phenomenon who never stopped pushing the envelope of creativity.

Though there were serious questions about his personal life, Michael was undoubtedly a great entertainer and his popularity spanned generations and the globe.

Maria and I join all Californians in expressing our shock and sadness over his death and our hearts go out the Jackson family, Michael’s children and to his fans worldwide.”

~By CA Governor Schwarzenegger

SAG said...

Screen Actors Guild Members Mourn the Passing of Legendary Icons Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson

Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2009) – Screen Actors Guild released the following statement on the deaths of Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson: Already saddened by the recent passing of the wise and witty Ed McMahon, Screen Actors Guild members are today mourning the deaths of television legend Farrah Fawcett and entertainment icon Michael Jackson.

Screen Actors Guild National President Alan Rosenberg said: “Today marks the passing of two of the 20th Century’s most iconic and best loved entertainers. It is a deep loss for all of us in the entertainment industry and for the fans around the world whose lives were touched by Farrah and Michael.

“Farrah was the personification of our art. She had mastered her craft as an actress and was blessed with that elusive dynamism that makes an actor a star. My heart goes out to Ryan and Redmond and the other members of Farrah’s beloved family.

“Michael Jackson’s music and artistry was the soundtrack to much of the last half century. From the first Jackson Brothers recordings in the late 1960s to his most recent performances, Michael Jackson was a brilliant entertainer who made significant contributions to 20th Century music. His sudden passing has stunned us all. My deepest sympathies are with his children and all of the Jackson family,” Rosenberg added.

Screen Actors Guild Interim National Executive Director David White said: “It is a sad and somber day for the entertainment world and the millions of people who enjoyed Michael Jackson’s music and Farrah Fawcett’s brilliant performances. Along with our members and the world community who enjoyed their talents for more than three decades, I offer their loved ones my sincerest condolences.”

From SAG

Aftra said...

AFTRA Members Mourn the Death of Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Los Angeles, CA (June 25, 2009)—AFTRA released the following statement today regarding the death of longtime AFTRA member Michael Jackson:

AFTRA members mourn the loss of a true original in the pop music genre, Michael Jackson, who died June 25 at age 50.

Michael joined AFTRA in September 1969 when he was just 11 years old, as a member of The Jackson 5. He continued on, creating one of the most successful solo careers in history and earning recognition as the “King of Pop.”


As an entertainer, Michael was known the world over. He won 13 Grammy Awards and has made a record-breaking 13 number one singles as a solo artist. His 1982 album, “Thriller,” remains the top-selling album in the world.

It was on the AFTRA-covered “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever” in 1983 that Michael secured his spot in history, with the groundbreaking performance of “Billie Jean” when he “moonwalked” across the stage.

Michael leaves behind a legacy of trend-setting innovation, not only musically but with dance, fashion and media as well. In the 1980s, Michael’s visually stunning music videos incorporated his flair for storytelling while showcasing his brilliant costumes and impeccably executed dance moves and choreography.

AFTRA National President Roberta Reardon remembers Michael saying, “For more than 40 years, Michael has stood as a cultural icon, his influence on music and culture in general can not be denied – so much of what modern pop has become can be traced back to his original style. The dynasty of credits that Michael leaves us with is formidable, the larger-than-life personality that has made him a media generating presence year after year will not be seen again anytime soon. Although he may be gone, Michael Jackson will continue to inspire current and future music lovers alike.”

Source:http://www.aftra.com/press/pr_2009_06_25_michael.html