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Elizabeth Taylor: “I Loved Michael With All My Soul”

Elizabeth Taylor — a dear friend of Michael Jackson, who originally called him the King of Pop and more recently supported him through all of his legal troubles — was at first too devastated to release a statement about the singer's death but has since expressed her grief to

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"My heart, my mind… are broken. I loved Michael with all my soul and I can't imagine life without him," Taylor, 77, said in a statement to Us Thursday. "We had so much in common and we had such loving fun together. I was packing up my clothes to go to London for his opening when I heard the news. I still can't believe it. I don't want to believe it. It can't be so."

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"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. Oh God! I'm going to miss him. I can't yet imagine life without 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."

See Us' photo tribute to stars who have died too soon.

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