Michael Jackson's Death: Millions Mourn In the Streets and On the Internet

"He's an icon of pop music. And there are so many people at a loss today," he said.

As he moved from Africa as a child to India as a teenager and, eventually, to the United States, he said Michael Jackson was a constant.

"I grew up listening to his music," he said. "There's just something about him that no pop icon matches."

He wanted the Facebook page to celebrate his life, and give fans one central place to exchange messages, share information and mourn.

Other fans -- from all over the world -- expressed their shock and sadness via Twitter.

"MICHAEL JACKSON CAN NOT DIE! HE'S MICHAEL JACKSON," wrote audreyjana from Singapore. Then, "I think im gonna cry."

JulianE Angeles from Mayorazgo, Perú, celebrated the beloved artist by posting his favorite Michael Jackson song, The Jackson Five's "Who's Loving You," to his Twitter page.

Watching Michael Jackson do the moonwalk for the first time, convinced Austin-based musician Nakia Reynoso that performing was for him.

There were more than 10,000 blog postings on one Chinese website alone. Both Sina.com and Sohu.com, the two biggest portals in China had Michael Jackson's death as the lead story on their home pages, and by 4 pm local time, more than 33000 bloggers on the two Web sites paid tribute to the King of Pop.

One of them described him as the "most outstanding person in the world, the person who loved children the most, the person who loved Peter Pan, a big kid who liked to climb trees with other kids." Another said, you are "The memory of a generation, [we] will remember you forever."

Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor also tweeted about Jackson's death. Recalling a meeting with him when he worked as the U.N. Under-Secretary General for Communications under Kofi Annan, Tharoor said Jackson had "Wanted to be U.N. goodwill ambassador but we couldn't recommend it."

His "songs and impact will of course outlast the recollections of his oddities," Tharoor added.

Jackson Possessed Ability to Connect

As reports filtered in about Jackson's death, Reynoso posted to Twitter, "RIP The Man In The Mirror, Michael Jackson - I still remember the day I bought my red leather zipper coat, sequin socks and glove."

"As a fan, I can certainly say that Michael Jackson's music -- his career -- certainly contributed to my love of music. And as a performer -- as an artist myself -- there's no way for me to really do the math on how much I looked at him as someone to follow," said the 34-year-old. "His level of showmanship is legendary and it certainly rubbed off on me. I thought if he can get up there and do that, then I could do that."

The Internet nearly buckled under the strain of all the traffic generated by interest in Jackson's death. During late Thursday afternoon Pacific Time, major news sites, including those for the Los Angeles Times, CBS, ABC and AOL, slowed considerably, according to San Mateo, Calif.-based Keynote Systems Inc., which monitors the performance of Internet and mobile networks.

Shawn White, Keynote's director of external operations, said, "Beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET, the average speed for downloading news sites doubled from less than four seconds to almost nine seconds. During the same period, the average availability of sites on the index dropped from almost 100 percent to 86 percent. The index returned to normal by 9:15 p.m. ET."

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