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Stars from the music and entertainment worlds took to Twitter Saturday to express appreciation for Michael Jackson on the second anniversary of his death.
Jackson died June 25, 2009 of an overdose of the sedative Propofol. He was 50. His physician, Dr. Murray Conrad, has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and faces trial in September.
The “hows” and “whys” of the pop star’s death were not in the forefront of Saturday’s Twitter explosion; rather, Jackson’s music and influence were celebrated most.
Michael’s sister Janet Jackson wrote, “I MISS U. I LUV U.”
Music producer (and ex-boyfriend of Janet Jackson) Jermaine Dupri wrote, “on this date 2 years ago we lost the M in music as far as I’m concerned.” Dupri went on to quote lyrics from several Jackson songs, concluding that “tonight @playhouse, I promise you I tear that bitch down!!!! in Memory of The King.” Dupri is performing at the Hollywood nightclub in what is being dubbed a BET Awards celebration.
Usher, whose dance moves and soft voice are often compared to Jackson’s, focused on the “King of Pop’s” personal side, “MJ….REST THE DEAD!! You live on through what you blessed us all with. Your compassion and dedication compels us to be our greatest.”
Director Spike Lee wrote in uppercase letters to emphasize his point, “2 YEARS AGO TODAY WE LOST MICHAEL JACKSON. WE LOVE YOU.”
Bruno Mars tweeted, “Now playing- I Wanna Be Where You Are by The Jackson 5.. Michael was and still remains The Best!”
Justin Bieber said simply, “#RIPMJ”
Curiously, pop stars like Madonna, Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears were among those who hadn’t mentioned Jackson yet on their Twitter accounts on Saturday as of this posting.
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