I believe he is the last of the great male icons - he was a true entertainer. Why, who doesn't remember "Thriller" - I think we played our video over and over so many times, eventually we had to throw it out. (I know what my next purchase from the music shop will be). Another of my absolute favourites was "Ben" originally written for Donny Osmond, but recorded by Michael Jackson at the tender age of 14. They played it on the radio this morning and it really brought a tear to my eye. Despite the song being about a rat, the words are touching and have moved a lot of people.
Ben, the two of us need look no more
We both found what we were looking for
With a friend to call my own
I'll never be alone
And you, my friend, will see
You've got a friend in me
Besides Michael leading a strange and controversial life, I believe he was a sad and lonely man, and while I don't agree with his lifestyle, there is no doubt that he had an exceptional talent and will be missed.
I do hope he has found what he was looking for, and would like to pay tribute to a man who was a son, a brother and a father. My thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.