The King of Pop, a faded child star, a musical genius with a flawed personal life, there are so many ways to remember Michael Jackson.
The tributes have been flowing since the rumours of a cardiac arrest first started circulating late last night London time. Confirmation of his death of his death came just before midnight here, and judging from the comments here and on the BBC’s Have Your Say site (5000 comments in the space of less than twelve hours) this is what you’ll be wanting to talk about today.
How do you view the world’s first truly global pop superstar? Do the traumas of his personal life, the child molestation charges, the money problems, the strange circumstances of the relations with women and his children taint his musical legacy? Or were these all just a sidebar to the real story which was his record number of brilliant songs and albums?
And tell us what you think of the coverage of his death so far too.