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Justin Timberlake joins Michael Jackson tributes

'We have lost a genius' he says

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Justin Timberlake has joined the tributes to Michael Jackson, who died yesterday (June 25) at the age of 50.

The former Nysync singer posted his tribute up on his website Justintimberlake.com.

“I can’t find the words right now to express how deeply saddened I am by Michael’s passing," he said. "We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only pop music but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.”

According to a statement yesterday from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, where the pop star was taken after suffering what is believed to be a cardiac arrest at his home, Jackson died at 2:26pm PST.

A team of doctors tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him for more than an hour before he was declared dead.

An autopsy is due to take place later today (June 26).

Read Michael Jackson's obituary on NME.COM now.

Michael Jackson - a photo tribute

Michael Jackson - a video tribute

--By our New York staff.
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