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    Liz Taylor "Too Devastated" to Comment on Jackson's Death; Liza Minelli, Brooke Shields React

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    Elizabeth Taylor, one of Michael Jackson's closest and most supportive friends for nearly two decades, is grieving her loss in private at this time.

    "Dame Elizabeth Taylor is too devastated by the passing of her dear friend Michael Jackson to issue a statement at this time," her rep says. "We will direct her words to you once we receive them."

    Taylor first called Jackson the "King of Pop" when she presented him with the Artist of the Decade award in 1989, and she remained one of his most ardent defenders throughout his trial on child-molestation charges in 1995.

    Taylor was also a guest of honor when Jackson gave Liza Minelli away when the Cabaret star wed David Gest.

    "He was a kind, genuine, and wonderful man," Minelli tells Entertainment Tonight. "He was also one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived. I loved him very much and I will miss him every remaining day of my life."

    But the outpouring of love from the women who spent quality time with Jackson didn't end there.

    Michael Jackson, Brooke Shields Ron Galella/Getty Images

    Brooke Shields also walked many a red carpet with Jackson over the years, and tonight she is mourning the loss of her longtime friend and reported Blue Lagoon-era love interest.

    "My heart is overcome with sadness for the devastating loss of my true friend Michael," the actress said. 

    "He was an extraordinary friend, artist and contributor to the world. I join his family and his fans in celebrating his incredible life and mourning his untimely passing."

    Fellow pop icon Madonna told People that she "can't stop crying over the sad news."

    "I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever! My heart goes out to his three children and other members of his family. God bless."

    Paula Abdul, who worked with Jackson as a choreographer, calls herself "blessed to be able to work with, and witness first hand, his tremendous talent and growth through the years as he truly became an icon.

    "Today we have all lost a legend who has touched each of our lives through his music and showmanship over the past five decades."

    From child star to music icon—reflect on Michael Jackson's life with our collection of photos

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