Quincy Jones on Michael Jackson: ‘He’s Not Gone’

By Nicholas Ballasy | October 29, 2009 | 3:33 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Legendary record producer Quincy Jones told CNSNews.com in an interview that Michael Jackson is “not gone” and their “souls were connected together” through their work and friendship.
At the Ludacris Foundation gala over the weekend, CNSNews.com asked Jones, “What do you think about the situation with Michael Jackson? I know it’s been a while since the whole original incident. What do you think about the handling of his estate? Is there something that you think should be done?”
“I don’t want to talk about it. I’m not an expert on that side,” Jones told CNSNews.com.
“Our souls were connected together, we did such great work in the 80s, you know, a lot,” said Jones. “We just have to grab the positive and highlight that, and overlook all the other stuff, the circuses and all the other things that happened.”
“I can’t believe it because I was his age when I produced ‘Thriller’ and all those things – ‘We are the World,’ said Jones. “It’s a baby of mine, my baby brother, and I can’t believe he’s gone, but he’s not – he’s not gone.”

Quincy Jones was being honored by rapper Chris “Ludacris” Bridges’ foundation with the “Chairman’s Award” for his commitment to community service.
According to its Web site, The Ludacris Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that “inspires youth through education and memorable experiences to live their dreams by uplifting families, communities and fostering economic development.”
Quincy Jones has won 27 of the 79 Grammy Awards he was nominated for throughout his career, including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991. He has worked with musicians Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder, among others. He is perhaps most famous for producing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album, the second best-selling album of all time.