Madonna posts sweet message honoring Michael Jackson on his birthday

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It’s been more than seven years since Michael Jackson’s tragic death, and today Madonna is paying tribute to her friend on what would have been her 58th birthday. The Material Girl posted a cute photo collage on Instagram, featuring photos of her and Jackson from back in the day. “Happy birthday to this wonderful and glorious creature!!” she captioned the collage. “The King! Gone too soon!” Gone too soon, indeed.

Jackson was a true musical pioneer, with standout hits like “Billie Jean,” “Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal” and many more. His fashion choices made him a style icon, many of which Madonna showcased in her collage, including a bedazzled white military-style jacket and his classic red shirt and black top hat ensemble. Even Beyoncé seemed to take some military style inspiration during her incredible Super Bowl halftime performance in February. In fact, her black and gold leotard perfectly mirrored Jackson’s outfit for the 1993 halftime show.

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He may be gone, but he’s certainly not forgotten, thanks to his loyal friends, family and of course the millions of fans who supported him throughout his career.