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Justin Timberlake -- 'We Have Lost a Genius'

6/25/2009 11:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We just heard from Justin Timberlake, who tells us:

Justin Timberlake
I can't find the words right now to express how deeply sadden [sic] I am by Michael's passing. 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.

Timberlake has referred to Michael Jackson as his Idol in the past.

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