Michael Jackson dies of a heart attack while lying in his bed at his rented mansion in Los Angeles.
The news of his death spreads quickly online, causing websites of The Los Angeles Times, Twitter and Wikipedia to crash. The Wikimedia Foundation reports nearly a million visitors to Jackson’s biography within one hour.
Celebrities pay tribute to Michael Jackson, such as the following…
Madonna, the only pop star to rival Jackson’s fame in the 1980s, says in a statement:
Quincy Jones, who produced Jackon’s record-selling album Thriller, declares:
"I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news.” He says Jackson “had it all – talent, grace, professionalism and dedication. I’ve lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him.”
Martin Scorsese who directed the music video Bad tells MTV.com:
“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 – a true artist. It will be a while before I can get used to the idea that he’s no longer with us.”
Steven Spielberg tells 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.”
Reportedly, Jackson’s and Spielberg’s friendship remained strained after Spielberg decided not to cast him for the lead role in Hook (1991).
However, in 2000, Jackson meets Spielberg to discuss a script for a planned movie called The Nightmares of Edgar Allan Poe, in which Jackson is set to play the famous horror writer. According to Jackson’s co-executive producer, Gary Pudney, “Michael had conversations with Steven Spielberg, who is a good friend. (…) Spielberg was enthusiastic and suggested several people, including Tim Burton, who did Sleepy Hollow and Edward Scissorhands.” Unfortunately, the project remains in limbo until Jackson’s death.