Michael Jackson's Death: Fans Pay Tribute to the King of Pop
Michael Jackson fans around the world are paying tribute to the King of Pop, who touched so many lives with his music and his talent and who has left his impression on the world.
Fans are gathering in public places to mourn together, holding vigils, moments of silence, singing his songs, dancing to his tunes, posting their feelings on the internet, and even making t-shirts for everyone to wear.
Thousands have gathered near Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and outside his family's home in Gary, Indiana. People are crying and lighting candles, writing the singer notes and laying flowers in tribute.
At the star, a small plastic boat sits on the ground with Peter Pan inside and a note that says 'Michael, here's Peter Pan to take you to Neverland'.
Among the crowd was Latonya Holsome, aged 45. She wore a white glove embroidered with gold thread, in the style of Jackson's military uniforms, holding it aloft for the TV cameras. In it she held a battered vinyl copy of Forever Michael Jackson signed by the singer.
As a black woman growing up in San Francisco, she said, Jackson opened up doors in her mind. "For all of us black folks, he showed us that there was a way, that we didn't have to hold back." When she gave up drugs in 1989, it was inspired by Man in the Mirror: "I'm gonna make a change, Once in my life."
In London, fans gathered in a few places together.
In London, shocked fans gathered at the Lyric Theatre, where a live show based on Thriller is being performed. The show was scheduled to go ahead Friday with a minute of silence before the performance. A candlelight vigil at London's Trafalgar Square was also planned to honour the singer.
In Bucharest, Romania, a board with condolences went up in the downtown area as Michael Jackson was the first person to perform there in 1992 after the fall of the Soviet bloc.
The inmates at the Cebu prison, who danced to Thriller on YouTube, plan to perform a commemoration dance on Saturday.
In Toronto, fans held a candlelight vigil in Dundas Square and people drew chalk pictures on the sidewalk for Michael.
Jesse Jackson Jr. called for a moment of silence in the House of Representatives, while hundreds of fans still held a vigil outside the UCLA Medical Center where Michael died.
Fans also gathered together outside Neverland Ranch, Jackson's house in Holmby Hills and the Apollo Theatre in New York. Michael Jackson performed here as a child. In Times Square, the giant TV screens told passers-by of Jackson's death and people flocked there to watch the news unfold together.
The Glastonbury Festival, currently taking place in the UK, plans to pay tribute to the late singer. Many wonder if Jarvis Cocker, who rushed the stage during a Jackson performance at the Brit Awards, will pay his respects to him on Saturday. Earlier today, Pharrell Williams paid tribute to Jackson, as did Gabriella Cilmi.
Record producer and rapper Williams said Jackson and Jones - who produced the Thriller album - "opened the door for human beings to explore a higher level of musical consciousness and what could be done and how one album could affect the world".
In Russia, a Michael Jackson impersonator tried to commit suicide by cutting his wrists, while in Moscow fans laid flowers on the streets and sang together.
Beijing record shops played his music and they plan to hold a candlelight vigil.
Numerous Facebook groups are also popping up, starting flash mobs and dance parties in memory to the singer.
Artists performing at the Black Entertainment Awards on Sunday are planning to pay tribute to Michael through performances.
Fans will continue to show their love and support for the singer and his music will not be forgotten soon it seems.