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Celebrities mourn Michael Jackson's death via Twitter

June 25, 2009 |  5:10 pm

Even before it was officially confirmed that Michael Jackson had died, Twitter was buzzing about the pop icon as if he were dead. Once he died thousands of tweets a minute flooded the microblogging site, many from celebrities. Below is a small sample of unedited entries from some musicians, athletes and personalities as they tweeted through the pain.

MC Hammer: I will be mourning my friend , brother, mentor and inspiration.. He gave me and my family hope. I would never have been me without him.

Jane Fonda:
I am stunned. My friend, Michael Jackson is dead. He lived with me for a week on "Golden Pond" set after "Thriller."

Katy Perry: Oh my God.

Greg Grunberg: Terrible news about Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson AND Ed McMahon... they will be missed by all.

Ashton Kutcher: I plea to the press to respect his wishes of maintaining the anonymity of his children.

John Mayer: I truly hope he is memorialized as the '83 moonwalking, MTV owning, mesmerizing, unstoppable, invincible Michael Jackson.

Weird Al Yankovich: Oh man. Can't believe it. RIP Michael Jackson.

Pete Wentz: I have never felt this before in my life. I could measure my childhood 2 now on an mj growth chart. if this is true. Rip. The last legend.

Eliza Dushku: Listening to MJ at photoshoot when we all heard~ surreal.

Miley Cyrus: michael jackson was my inspiration. love and blessings

More after the jump...

Steve Aoki: This is bigger than any artist dying in our lifetime. Bigger than elvis and freddie mercury for me.

Solange Knowles: Thank you Michael Jackson for being my FIRST of many! My mother took me to my FIRST concert, I was only two years old. I fell in love.

Sasha Grey: The news coverage of Michael Jackson's death is like the Buckwheat death skit on snl in the 80' sad.

Sarah Silverman: Did you hear Michael Jackson's kids are free? That's not nice. I'm sorry. Ugh, I feel bad for saying that. LOOK A BLUE CAR!

Mandy Moore: RIP michael jackson and farrah fawcett. what a tremendous loss in one day.... thoughts and prayers with their families and loved ones....

Ashley Tisdale: I have to say, the 6 of us from HSM were very lucky to have met such an amazing man. I will remember that moment forever. RIP Michael

Baron Davis: Man I'm sad mike is going

-- Tony Pierce

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