Like him or loathe him, its always sad when one of the great icons of the 20th century passes so suddenly in to the history books.
I remember as a teenanger being totally blown away by his Thriller Album and the subsequent John Landis directed video. He truly was the real king of the world. However, his accentric lifestyle and allegations of child abuse clung to him like a bad rash.
But to devotees he was an exceptional, kind, caring, individual who had changed the face of modern pop forever and in the process enriched their lives.