It has been one year since the singer Michael Jackson died, and fans have been paying tribute to the Prince of Pop. Several gathered at his star on Hollywood’s walk of fame to leave flowers and notes and to reflect on his legacy.
“Well, I can’t believe it’s already been a year,” tourist Jeffrey Elsner said. “I was in Dallas at the time when it happened, working, and I heard that Michael Jackson died. So I was like ‘What? How’s that possible?’ He was one of those people that you think is immortal, but everyone’s got to go once in a while.”
“I can’t even put into words,” Montoya Denise Brown said. “The best entertainer, dancer, just everything to me, I believe that Michael Jackson opened the door to a lot of entertainers out there, and I just really would love for somebody to just respect that and open our eyes and see that.”
Some fans went a day early to his house in Encino California to pay homage to his music and talent. Security has been beefed up to handle the many more expected to visit later today. Others went to Madame Tussauds wax works to have photographs taken with their idol.
The Jackson estate is planning no major tributes. His mother Katherine will unveil a monument outside the Indiana home where the Jackson 5 began. A memorial and candle light vigil will follow.
Around the world, many fans have said they ‘won’t stop till they get enough’, and plan to commemorate the event at parties showing the film, ‘This is it’, of the rehearsals for his last concert tour.
Others wanting to reflect in a more sober fashion can visit Forest Lawn cemetery, where they’re allowed to to leave flowers on a terrace near the mausoleum holding his body.