Rappers Rick Ross, Jay Electronica, Diddy, J. Cole and more have reflected on the legacy of Michael Jackson on the one year anniversary of his passing.
Writing via Twitter, Rick Ross posted an image of the music icon from his childhood.
“rip mj…in this pic seems he seen something..at early age!!greatest of all time!! http://twitpic.com/1zrdhm” (Rick Ross’ Twitter)
Jay Elect remembered the effect Jackson had on the world.
“Michael Jackson’s presence and energy here on earth was so strong, it don’t even feel like he left.” (Jay Electronica’s Twitter)
Diddy said he was still in disbelief Jackson had passed away.
“Can’t believe its been a year without the legend… He lives on forever in our hearts + spirit!! RIP MICHAEL!!!” (Diddy’s Twitter)
Actress Lauren London paid homage to the singer’s memory.
“RT @MiO_MyO: “Born to amuse to inspire & delight. Here 1 day, gone 1 night” RIP to the genius, selfless humanitarian, King of Entertainment MJ, I love u” (Lauren London’s Twitter)
Speaking in an interview, J. Cole gave his thoughts on what Jackson meant to music.
“He literally gave his life to entertainment. He couldn’t live a normal life because of that,” said rising MC J. Cole, referring to the intense fame the star grappled with for most of his life. “That’s how much he loved to do this.” (MTV)
Jackson passed away one year ago from medical complications.
On the afternoon of June 25, 2009, while in the middle of rehearsing for a series of 50 concerts, Jackson collapsed. He was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at the age of 50. His death was later ruled a homicide, the result of ingesting a lethal amount of prescription drugs. (All Music)
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