Fans around the world have been offering tributes
to pop superstar Michael Jackson, who died suddenly last Thursday. Thousands
have passed by the singer's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to pay their
respects and celebrate his legacy.
They have come from as far away as
Australia, and Mexico City.
"I like his music, and the way he dances,"
said the fan.
In front of a Hollywood landmark, Grauman's Chinese
Theatre, security officers keep the crowds moving as fans catch a glimpse of the
flowers and written tributes left in the singer's honor.
Many came here on vacations that were planned months
ago, but Sandy Murphy and her boyfriend drove across the United States from
Philadelphia after they heard about Jackson's death on Thursday.
the King of Pop," said Sandy Murphy.
It will take weeks to determine the
cause of the death, as investigators probe the possible role of prescription
drugs, which friends and associates say Jackson used extensively.
Tracy Dean of San
Diego says the singer's contributions will live on, despite the
"I know that there will be probably controversy in the weeks
to come trying to figure out what happened with him, but I think his music and
his legacy will live on," said Tracy Dean.
Janet Robinson of Los Angeles
she says the entertainer was always special to her.
"Even through his ups
and downs, he was a compassionate, loving, he was a giving person," said Janet
Robinson. "He really was. I stood by Michael, I prayed for him through his
trials and tribulations, what the media did to him. But you know, he's
Matthew Zachocki of Stockton, California, grew up with
Michael Jackson's music.
"I can remember incidents in my life that
happened that happened with a certain record or a certain song on a certain
album," said Matthew Zachocki. "And then my kids recently have gotten the
Michael Jackson bug, which really shows how he transcends, even after
Fans note that Jackson broke down racial and musical barriers. He
was the first black entertainer to be featured prominently on the MTV music
network. He pioneered music videos and charted new ground with his innovative
sound and stage performance.
The Reverend Al Sharpton, a friend of the
Jackson family, says the family is planning tributes to the singer around the
world. As questions remain surrounding Jackson's death, fans say they are
celebrating the singer's enduring legacy.