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Fans pay tribute around the world

AROUND the world, mourning Michael Jackson fans lauded his talent, moonwalked in his honor and sang his lyrics.

In Paris, fans and Jackson lookalikes held what they claimed was the world's biggest moonwalk. Gliding backwards beneath the Eiffel Tower, they sang, cheered and chanted in homage to the singer.

"Michael forever in our hearts," read one banner.

American singer Usher, at designer Lanvin's Paris menswear show, said of Jackson: "He has been an inspiration to all of us as a humanitarian, as a philanthropist, as a father, as a man, as an entertainer."

In Malaysia, hundreds gathered at a Kuala Lumpur shopping mall on Sunday to sing along to Jackson songs and sign a banner with condolences while Jackson impersonators performed.

In Japan, a scholar reflected on Jackson's historic significance. "Which was the bigger step for mankind - Apollo 11 or Michael's moonwalk?" asked Yoshiaki Sato in a newspaper opinion piece. In a Tokyo park, 200 fans held a candlelight vigil.

In Turkey, the Association for Dialogue between Religions, Languages and Civilizations held Islamic prayers.

In Pakistan, 42-year-old Emadullah Khan remembered how he would do anything as a teenager to buy Jackson's music.

In the Philippines, inmates who shot to global fame with a YouTube video recreating the "Thriller" dance routine said they would like to take part in a global tribute. Their "Thriller" video has attracted 26.5 million views since it was posted two years ago.


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