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World mourns ‘King of Pop’

The death of the King of Pop triggered a wave of disbelief followed by a wave of deep sorrow among his die hard fans but also among common people who recall with emotion his two visits here in the 90s, when he came with aid for the orphan children. In Rom

Michael Jackson passed away on Thursday afternoon, after having a heart attack in his residence within Holmby Hills neighborhood, Los Angeles. The artist, also known as “King of the Pop Music”, was fifty years old.


The news immediately became “breaking news”, blocking the Internet search engines, which had never before collapsed, and inducing anxiety at world level. More precisely, this resulted in millions all over the continents starting to be in tears, of all ages, all regions, social status and races, and this is something that few persons before have managed to induce. He left besides records hard to match in the musical industry, three orphan children and fifty concerts which he would never perform in. He had informed that these would be the last ones.


In Romania, Michael Jackson was an idol for many generations who longed after the performance beyond the Iron Curtain, defying Communism with vinyl records and tapes copied illegally.


Ex President Iliescu: Michael Jackson, a landmark in the evolution of this world


17 years ago, Ion Iliescu was Michael Jackson’s guide in Bucharest, within his first concert performed in Romania. The first Romanian politician to express his condolences, the former president outlined a psychological profile of the pop king, underlining the “innocence specific to childhood”.


“His character features – a very simple, open, non sophisticated, with a certain specific innocence – were felt during his contact with the world of childhood, with children. He had a great time and one could see that he enjoyed this direct communication with children and the warmth that children had welcomed him”, these are the conclusions that Iliescu drew after having accompanied the megastar, in 1992, to an orphanage in Bucharest.


“Unfortunately, he passed away too soon, and to this a contribution was brought by the life he had in the past 10 – 15 years, which was not an easy one for him. It is a pity that a man having the talent of Michael Jackson was lost. He will be remembered as an outstanding person, as a landmark in the evolution of this world”, Iliescu concluded. In 1992, Michael Jackson performed an outstanding concert on Lia Manoliu Stadium, mesmerizing the audience with his out of this world talent as singer and dancer. The entertainer was received with honours similar to a head of state. His visit to Bucharest is regarded as a symbol of the return of Romania into the community of democratic countries, as he was the first international mega-star to come here after the fall of communism. He donated a play ground to the orphan children of St Ecaterina children’s home in Bucharest.


Fans gathered on Lia Manoliu stadium, US Embassy


All over the weekend, fans went to pay their respects at Lia Manoliu stadium in Bucharest, coming with candles in front of a huge board with a large photo of the star, erected by MTV Romania, reading “M is for Michael”, .


The moment dedicated to the celebration of the famous artist was organized by Michael Jackson fan club in Romania. Most of the fans who came to remember Michael Jackson were young persons, but also grown ups with children.


Many fans were in tears listening to songs of the star, such as “Earth Song” and “Man in the Mirror”, which could be listened to in the amplifiers located by MTV.


In front of the board, lit candles were brought, photos and messages where the fans expressed the regret for his passing away, calling him “the most beloved artist” and the “King of music”. An MTC flower mortuary wreath was also brought with the message “M is for Michael. We will never forget you”, which was placed in front of the board, where families came with flowers in his memory.


Nearly 200 persons gathered this Friday in front of the USA Embassy, coming with flowers, wreaths, photos, teddy bears, but also with lines such as “Rest in peace”, “Jacko”, “Michael, we love you”, “Michael Jackson, for ever”, within a space near the institution fence, located in the center of Bucharest.


Michael Jackson’s admirers also brought photos with him from various stages of his career, in order to illustrate his musical evolution. Some persons endeavored to even bring posters from the concerts that the star performed in while being in Bucharest, in 1992 and in 1996.


The car traffic in the street was not blocked, one of the drivers starting, in an amplifier, a song by Michael Jackson, applauded by the fans of the star.


Several fans of Jackson, who are part of the artist Fan Club, came in mourn, while a man came with a haircut similar to the one of the famous artist. The US Embassy opened a book of condolences for all those who want to right messages in the memory of Michael Jackson.


LOS ANGELES/LONDON – Michael Jackson’s death dominated news bulletins, radio airwaves and websites the world over on Friday as tributes poured in for a man called the “King of Pop” and “natural heir to Elvis.”


Mourning his death were legions of fans around the world, including U.S. President Barack Obama, who called the “Thriller” singer a “spectacular performer” and offered his condolences to Jackson’s family.


Ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley posted a blog on her MySpace page telling people their brief marriage was “not a sham” as portrayed in the media. She also said Jackson predicted he might die in the same, sudden manner as her father, Elvis Presley. Across the United States, fans set up shrines, played and danced to Jackson hits such as “Billie Jean,” “Rock With You” and “The Way You Make Me Feel” in nightclubs and on sidewalks.


Along Hollywood Boulevard, near Jackson’s star on the Walk of Fame, police set up barricades to control the crowd and thousands of fans lined the block to walk past his star.


In New York City’s Times Square, giant screens played Jackson videos repeatedly. Elise Erickson, 28, visiting from Hansville, Washington, said, “Everyone’s a fan, he’s the king of pop.”


Jackson died less than three weeks before he was due to launch a series of comeback concerts in London, and his lasting appeal, despite being a virtual recluse since his acquittal of child abuse charges at a 2005 trial, was underlined when 750,000 fans of all ages bought tickets for the sellout gigs.


Former Beatle Paul McCartney said in a statement: “It’s so sad and shocking. I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever.”


Around the world, local politics and global affairs were bumped off the front pages of newspapers, trading rooms were abuzz with the news and websites saw a surge in traffic.


Quincy Jones, who worked closely with Jackson on some of his most successful recordings, led tributes from the music world. “I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news,” he said.


Pop star Madonna said: “I can’t stop crying over the sad news … I have always admired Michael Jackson. The world has lost one of the greats, but his music will live on forever.”


Doctor queried in Jackson death, second autopsy held


Los Angeles police on Saturday again questioned Michael Jackson’s doctor, while the family of the pop music icon ordered its own private autopsy two days after his death shocked fans around the world.


Jackson’s father issued a statement urging fans not to despair because the singer “will continue to live on in each and every one of you.” The family sought a second autopsy, the official one was conducted on Friday, amid reports about the 50-year-old singer’s reliance on prescription medications. Jackson’s personal physician, Texas cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, who was with the singer when he collapsed at his rented mansion on Thursday, hired an attorney to accompany him to what was expected to be a lengthy meeting with the Los Angeles Police Department late on Saturday. “Dr. Murray is considered to be a witness to the events surrounding Michael Jackson’s death and he is not a suspect,” Houston law firm Stradley, Chernoff & Alford said in a statement.


According to media reports, Jackson was injected with the narcotic painkiller Demerol shortly before he went into cardiac arrest. Murray was desperately trying to revive Jackson when paramedics arrived, and he rode with the singer in an ambulance to the hospital where the pop star was pronounced dead. The official autopsy, conducted on Friday, failed to determine what killed Jackson, pending toxicology tests that were expected to take up to six weeks. The celebrity website TMZ.com, which first broke the news of Jackson’s death, reported that the second autopsy took place at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, on the orders of the Jackson family. The Rev. Jesse Jackson, who has been serving as a spokesman for the singer’s family, told ABC News the family also had questions for Murray. Jackson is not related to the singer’s family. “When did the doctor come? What did he do? Did he inject him? If so, with what?” he said in an interview with ABC.

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