Fans Around the World Mourn Jackson's Death

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Fans from around the world continue to mourn the death of the man who called himself the "King of Pop."

Jackson left behind an amazing legacy as an entertainer, but he will also be remembered for his unusual personal life.

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The music icon, whose career spanned a lifetime, is moving fans in death just as he did in life.

"He was just the leader of dance, music," Tina Allen, a Jackson fan said. "I mean his "Off the Wall" album was fantastic, "Bad" was obviously very good. I think he was ahead of his time."
    
A fan also reacted from Jackson's infamous California Neverland ranch.

"I just didn't realize that he was sick or anything," Brian Kesteleyn said.

From Hollywood's Walk of Fame to even the L.A. coroner's office fans are mourning.

"I heard in the news that they were bringing Michael Jackson to USC coroner's office and I got in my car and as I was driving I saw the helicopter slow down and land on the roof," Irma Marquez said. "It made me very sad."

Fans Gather

Scores of Jackson's fans felt compelled to gather and remember the man who constantly reinvented himself, while entertaining and inspiring people of all ages around the world.

"He was always a star, and the way he performed," Betty Wilson said. "I've seen him in concert many times. He was just a great performer."

"I had my heart set on the red leather jacket, but I could only afford the red pleather jacket and wore the Jackson glove," Dan Sunjata said.  "I was a total Michael Jackson geek growing up."

Jackson family friend Rosie Perez called Michael's death "horribly sad."
    
While allegations of child molestation harmed his career in the states, overseas Jackson remained popular.
 
He was preparing a series of 50 concerts set to kick off in London in an effort to restore the luster to his career.

Jackson's death immediately made headlines across the globe.

"My favorite song would have to be "Thriller" just because it's so cool and I love the music video," Adria Allen said.

The album "Thriller" sold an estimated 50 million copies and perhaps was the highlight of Jackson's solo career.

Hometown Memories

Gary, Indiana residents who live near the tiny house where he grew up, remember Jackson with all the promise that comes with youth.

Vickie Horton grew up with the Jacksons and commented on his tragic death.
    
"Michael was about yay big and he was the star of the talent show," she said.  "And they did win the talent show that night and it's a wonderful thing to remember."

But Jackson also faced pressures most children never endure.

"He (was) doing concerts at 12 or 13-years-old and he's got grown women throwing underwear up on stage," Nedra Ross, former singer in the 60's music group The Ronettes explained.  "That doesn't create for a normal life."

Praying for Peace

He grew up a devout Jehovah's Witness, but Jackson's religious affiliations later in life are unclear.

"May Allah be with you Michael always," his brother Jermaine said as he left the podium after reading a family statement Thursday.
     
"I think that there were a lot of people praying for him and God knows that," Ross added.

His friends and fans now hope he was living in peace.

"What was interesting to me about him was his psychology and how he felt the need to keep changing himself physically," actress Judith Light said.  "And I often think that when we have this longing to change ourselves on the inside sometimes we only do it on the outside and I hope he wasn't struggling with that any longer."

Officials believe Jackson died of a heart attack.  An autopsy is planned though results will likely take days or weeks as the medical examiner waits for toxicology reports.  Los Angeles Police Department detectives are investigating his death, which is standard procedure in high-profile cases.
    
Meanwhile, back at Jackson's childhood home in Gary, his old neighbors are planning a permanent memorial.

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