June 26, 2009 at 09:25 PM EDT

Today, singer Justin Timberlake added himself to the list of celebrities releasing statements about the unexpected death of pop icon Michael Jackson. Timberlake, who was often cited for his Jackson-esque style in his music, released this statement: “I can’t find the words right now to express how deeply saddened 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.”

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