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King of Pop's memorial prompts worldwide tributes

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King of Pop's memorial prompts worldwide tributes


As Michael Jackson was eulogised in an emotional public memorial in Los Angeles, his fans across the world joined in the mourning.

While thousands gathered to watch a screening of the memorial service in New York’s Times Square, others gravitated towards the neighbourhood of Harlem. “I grew up with Mike and the whole Jackson family and I consider him like a brother. Still to this day I can’t believe he has gone,” said one bystander. Five thousand fans gathered in a sports arena in Berlin to watch the service on large screens. Several hundred had signed a book of condolence, and many were in tears. “It’s good that this was organised so that people can express their compassion and their grief and I am happy that I managed to get here,” said one German Jackson fan. Fans in Italy’s fashion capital, Milan, stopped to watch the event on a maxi screen in the city’s central piazza: In Russia, fans sang along to a medley of Jackson’s hits as they released balloons into the air, while in Hong Kong, a Michael Jackson fan club held their own tribute, giving their own performances of some of their idol’s most popular hits. A wax figure of Jackson was also put on display.

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