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June 26, 2009
World reaction to Michael Jackson's sudden death
LONDON (AP) -- Michael Jackson was due to make his triumphant return to the stage in London next month -- but instead his sudden death has left millions of fans feeling they've lost a lifelong friend. The dramatic death of the brilliant singer seemed to obscure his recent controversies and kindle warmer memories of Jackson the child star and Jackson the show-stopping, moonwalking headliner. The worldwide chorus of grief united the famous -- statesmen and superstars alike -- and the legions of ordinary people who grew up with "Thriller" and "Beat It." Word of Jackson's death jolted nearly everyone, from a young man in Colombia who was named after the King of Pop, to Malaysians who named a soy drink for him, to a generation of people around the world who have tried, in vain, to moonwalk.(25 images)

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Sand sculptures of Michael Jackson, a guitar and his fedora hat, made by Sudarshan Pattnaik are seen at the golden sea beach for the fans to pay floral tribute to the "King of Pop" at Puri, India, Friday, June 26. The 50-year-old musical superstar died Thursday, just as he was preparing for what would be a series of 50 concerts starting July 13 at London's famed 02 arena. AP / Biswaranjan Rout


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People gather to remember Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater on June 26, in New York City. Getty Images / Bryan Bedder



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Fans of Michael Jackson gather near his star on the Walk of Fame on June 26, a day after his death in Los Angeles, Calif. Getty Images / John Moore



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Media and fans of Michael Jackson gather near his star on the Walk of Fame on on June 26, in Los Angeles, Calif. Getty Images / John Moore



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Fans of Michael Jackson, Niki Yan (L), and Lois Weiss weep while passing Jackson's star on the Walk of Fame on June 26, a day after his death in Los Angeles, Calif. Getty Images / John Moore



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A single, sequined glove is seen on a sidewalk shrine of mementos, flowers, candles and notes adorning the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Friday, June 26. AP / Reed Saxon



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Visitors pay their respects as news crews record a sidewalk shrine of mementos, flowers, candles and notes adorning the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Friday, June 26. AP / Reed Saxon



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Jesse Buckingham, 24, of Los Angeles, sits at a sidewalk shrine of flowers, candles and notes adorning the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles Friday, June 26. AP / Reed Saxon



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People gather to remember Michael Jackson at the Apollo Theater on June 26, in New York City. Getty Images / Bryan Bedder



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A mourner signs a condolence poster as people gather outside the boyhood home of pop star Michael Jackson Friday, June 26, in Gary, Ind. AP / M. Spencer Green



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Rosa Castaneda, a preparator at the Experience Music Project in Seattle prepares a museum exhibit Friday, June 26, of a sequined glove and jacket worn by Michael Jackson. A steady stream of fans came to the music museum Friday to view the exhibit and leave written messages on nearby tables. AP / Ted S. Warren



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Pedestrians walk past a tribute written on the sidewalk honoring the late Michael Jackson on Dundas Square in Toronto on Friday, June 26. AP / Darren Calabrese



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Fans of Michael Jackson watch as people perform a dance on his memory during a memorial to commemorate him in central London's Trafalgar Square, Friday, June 26. Michael Jackson was due to make his triumphant return to the stage in London next month but instead his sudden death has left millions of fans feeling they've lost a lifelong friend. AP / Lefteris Pitarakis



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Fans of Michael Jackson perform the moonwalking dance during a memorial to commemorate him outside a central London train station, Friday, June 26. AP / Lefteris Pitarakis



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Bulgarian fans light candles and mourn the death of Michael Jackson in downtown Sofia on June 26. J AFP / Getty Images / Dimitar Dilkoff



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People gather on June 26, in Paris in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, to pay tribute to late U.S. pop icon Michael Jackson after his unexpected death in Los Angeles, Calif. AFP / Getty Images / Martin Bureau



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U.S. singer Michael Jackson's fans gather to honor his death, in Paris, Friday June 26. AP / Thibault Camus



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A fan of Michael Jackson dances to one of his songs as he and others gather in a central square in Madrid Friday June 26, during a homage for the American pop singer who died Thursday. AP / Juan M. Espinosa



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Fans of the late Michael Jackson gather outside of the National stadium in Bucharest on Friday, the location of Michael Jackson's first Romanian performance. AFP / Getty Images / Andrei Pungovschi



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A woman and boy light a candle during a tribute to the late singer Michael Jackson in Madrid on June 26. AFP / Getty Images / Pedro Armestre



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Fans of Michael Jackson take part in a candle light memorial to commemorate him in Karachi, Pakistan, Friday, June 26 . AP / Shakil Adil



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Chinese fans of Michael Jackson observe a three minute silence during a candle light memorial to commemorate him on June 26, in Beijing, China. Getty Images / Feng Li



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Fans of Michael Jackson hold up banners and flowers to commemorate him in Beijing, China, Friday, June 26 . AP / Ng Han Guan



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Michael Jackson fan Antonia Carlos Gomes, dances on the roof at the slum of Santa Marta, Friday, June 26, where Jackson filmed the Spike Lee-directed video "They Don't Care About Us" in 1996, in Rio de Janeiro. AP / Ricardo Moraes



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Lebanese youths light candles in the streets for late singer Michael Jackson on June 26, in Beirut. AFP / Getty Images / Ramzi Haidar



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