Michael Jackson hasn't forgotten his friend Ryan White.
White, a hemophiliac who contracted AIDS through a tainted blood transfusion, died in April 1990 at 18. The youth's battle against the prejudice AIDS sufferers face attracted worldwide attention, and he developed friendships with such celebrities as Jackson and Elton John.When Ryan's mother, Jeanne, and her new husband, Roy Ginder, were taping an appearance on "The Maury Povich Show" (due to air Wednesday), Jackson called in to share some memories of Ryan.
The pop superstar, who's currently on tour in Europe, recited a poem he wrote in Ryan's honor.
"You were a cloudburst of joy/The sparkle of hope in every girl and boy," he eulogized.