By Dave Karger
June 26, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Screen icon Elizabeth Taylor is speaking out about the death of her longtime friend Michael Jackson. “My heart…my mind… are broken,” she said in a statement. “I loved Michael with all my soul and I can’t imagine life without him. We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together.”

Taylor revealed that she had been packing her bags for London — the location of Jackson’s much anticipated comeback concerts — when she heard the tragic news. “I still can’t believe it. I don’t want to believe it. It can’t be so,” she said. “He will live in my heart forever but it’s not enough. My life feels so empty. I don’t think anyone knew how much we loved each other. The purest most giving love I’ve ever known.”

The obviously distraught star continued: “Oh God! I’m going to miss him. I can’t yet imagine life with out him. But I guess with God’s help… I’ll learn. I keep looking at the photo he gave me of himself, which says, ‘To my true love Elizabeth, I love you forever.’ And, I will love HIM forever.”