Jackson mania sweeps the world

Updated: June 26, 2010 13:21 IST

Bulgarian fan of the late pop star Michael Jackson light candles as fans gather in central Sofia on June 25, 2010, to remember the king of pop's death one year ago.

Jackson mania sweeps the world
Bulgarian fan of the late pop star Michael Jackson light candles as fans gather in central Sofia on June 25, 2010, to remember the king of pop's death one year ago. Michael Jackson fans around the world began Friday marking the first anniversary of the music icon's death, with events from candlelight vigils to slumber parties planned in honour of the tragic superstar. Jackson, 50, died from a drug overdose at a rented Los Angeles mansion on June 25 last year, a seismic celebrity death that triggered a global outpouring of tributes for the eccentric genius known as 'The King of Pop'. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A Michael Jackson impersonator dances at the 02 arena in London, on June 25, 2010, as fans gather to remember the king of pop's death one year ago. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Dancer Rahul Saxena (C) performs with his troupe in tribute to late US singer Michael Jackson in Mumbai on June 25, 2010, to mark the first anniversary of the musician's death. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Dancer Rahul Saxena (C) performs with his troupe in tribute to late US singer Michael Jackson in Mumbai on June 25, 2010, to mark the first anniversary of the musician's death. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Written tributes are left on a 'remembrance wall' for Michael Jackson at the 02 arena in London, on June 25, 2010, as fans gather to remember the king of pop's death one year ago. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A Chinese girl poses with flowers and photographs of Michael Jackson at the Wold Expo in Shanghai, China, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Michael Jackson impersonator Carlo Riley of Denver, Colo., strikes a pose outside Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif., on Friday, June 25, 2010, to recognize the first year anniversary of Jackson's death.(Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Fans pray to mark the death anniversary of Michael Jackson before a statue of him at the Wold Expo in Shanghai, China, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Katherine Jackson, left in yellow, mother of the late singer Michael Jackson, looks on after unveiling a monument to her son in front of the Jackson family home on Friday, June 25, 2010, in Gary, Indiana. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Rahul Saxena, center, performs some of Michael Jackson's songs to a packed audience, on the first anniversary of King of Pop's death, in Mumbai, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Rahul Saxena, center, performs some of Michael Jackson's songs to a packed audience, on the first anniversary of King of Pop's death, in Mumbai, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A woman displays a Michael Jackson tattoo on her back in central Sofia on June 25, 2010, as fans gather to remember the king of pop's death one year ago. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A Michael Jackson fan gets emotional at his first dead anniversary at a hall to exhibit "the Official Michael Jackson Life Time Collection" in Tokyo, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A Michael Jackson fan cleans his poster on his first death anniversary in Jammu, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A woman cries in front of a portrait of late Michael Jackson displayed at a makeshift memorial place on his first death anniversary in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A woman lays flowers at a makeshift memorial place ahead of the first death anniversary of King of Pop Michael Jackson in Tokyo, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Kimono-clad Michael Jackson fans tour the exhibition of "Michael Jackson Official Life Time Collection" ahead of one year anniversary of his death in Tokyo, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
An impersonator of US late musician Michael Jackson performs during a tribute on Jackson's first death anniversary in Mexico City, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A Michael Jackson fan gets emotional at his first dead anniversary at a hall to exhibit "the Official Michael Jackson Life Time Collection" in Tokyo, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Malaysian fans dance to a song of the late pop star Michael Jackson on the first anniversary of his death in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, June 26, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Melinda Stidham, 18, of Crestline, Calif., kneels at the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the first anniversary of the pop star's death on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
British act Thriller Live performed at Lyric Theatre in Piccadilly Circus marking the 1st anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Six young stars of Thriller Live premiered a new version of Michael Jackson's 'Speechless - A Tribute' before the performance of the West End show in London on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Michael Jackson fans, Yasuyo Kaneka, left, and Asami Kira, visiting from Japan, mark the first anniversary of pop legend Michael Jackson's death, outside the Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., where Jackson is buried, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Michael Jackson's fans visiting from Italy, mark the first anniversary of pop legend Michael Jackson's death, leave the Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif., in which Jackson is buried, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Cars line up at the entrance outside Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale, Calif., on Friday, June 25, 2010, to recognize the first year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Michael Jackson's fans release hundreds of white doves to mark the first anniversary of pop legend Michael Jackson's death, outside the Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park where Jackson is buried, on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Glendale, Calif. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
British act Thriller Live perform at Lyric Theatre in Piccadilly Circus marking the 1st anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Six young stars of Thriller Live premiered a new version of Michael Jackson's 'Speechless - A Tribute' before the performance of the West End show in London on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
British act Thriller Live perform at Lyric Theatre in Piccadilly Circus marking the 1st anniversary of Michael Jackson's death. Six young stars of Thriller Live premiered a new version of Michael Jackson's 'Speechless - A Tribute' before the performance of the West End show in London on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A hat and glove once worn by Michael Jackson, mark his name plaque in the Apollo Theater's Walk of Fame, on Friday June 25, 2010, in Harlem, New York. Jackson, who first performed at the theater with his brothers in the late 1960s, is being remembered with tributes on the anniversary of his death. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Flowers, notes and other items are seen as fans pay their respects at the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the first anniversary of the pop star's death on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Fans pay their respects at the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the first anniversary of the pop star's death on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Claudia, 13, who gave only her first name, from Rome, left, and Hilde Moen, 24, from Molde, Norway, pay their respects at the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the first anniversary of the pop star's death on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A young impersonator of late musician Michael Jackson performs during a tribute event held on the first anniversary of Jackson's death, in Mexico City, on Friday June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
An event program sits on a table backstage, along with the sunglasses, hat, and sequined white glove used by a Michael Jackson impersonator who goes by the name of Uly Jackson and, unseen, has his make-up applied before performing at a tribute event held on the first anniversary of Jackson's death, in Mexico City, on Friday June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A general view of Michael Jacksons furniture on display at Julien's auctions summer sale held at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A general view of Michael Jacksons furniture on display at Julien's auctions summer sale held at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A general view of Michael Jacksons furniture on display at Julien's auctions summer sale held at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A general view of Michael Jacksons furniture on display at Julien's auctions summer sale held at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A general view of Michael Jackson's furniture on display at Julien's auctions summer sale held at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A general view of Michael Jackson's furniture on display at Julien's auctions summer sale held at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A general view of Michael Jackson's furniture on display at Julien's auctions summer sale held at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A general view of Michael Jackson's furniture on display at Julien's auctions summer sale held at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino on June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A Michael Jackson impersonator performs in front of a mural of the King of Pop during a tribute by former inmates on his first death anniversary on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Capitol Compound in Cebu city in central Philippines. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Dancers perform in front of a mural of the King of Pop Michael Jackson during a tribute by former inmates on his first death anniversary on Friday, June 25, 2010 at the Capitol Compound in Cebu city in central Philippines. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Impersonator Elmer Capistrano gestures after his performance commemorating the first death anniversary of the legendary king of pop music Michael Jackson at a shopping mall on Friday, June 25, 2010 in Manila, Philippines. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
People come to the US Embassy in Moscow, on Friday, June 25, 2010, commemorating the first anniversary of the death of legendary king of pop music Michael Jackson. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Dancers impersonate the late Michael Jackson during a gathering ahead of the first anniversary of his death on June 25, 2010 in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A fan of the late Michael Jackson gets emotional at a gathering ahead of the first anniversary of his death on Friday, June 25, 2010, Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Jordyn Castor, 16, from Rockford, Mich., who is blind, touches the face of a wax figure of Michael Jackson at Madame Tussaud's Hollywood Museum on the first anniversary of the pop star's death on Friday, June 25, 2010. Castor has been a fan all her life, but never knew what he looked like. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Cards and flowers are left in front of Michael Jackson's boyhood home on Friday, June 25, 2010, in Gary, Indiana. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Crowds gather in front of the boyhood home of Michael Jackson on Friday, June 25, 2010, in Gary, Ind., on the one year anniversary of the death of the pop icon. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Michael Jackson impersonators dance in Ukrainian city of Odessa on June 25, 2010, as they gather to remember the king of pop's death one year ago. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Japanese fans carry bouquets to place in front of a big portraint of late Michael Jackson at the foot of the Tokyo Tower, which has a time limitation event to display Michael Jackson collection, in Tokyo on June 25, 2010. Some special events are scheduled for the first anniversary of the king of pop's death from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs on June 25, 2009. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A Japanese fan pray in front of a big portraint of late Michael Jackson at the foot of the Tokyo Tower, which has a time limitation event to display Michael Jackson collection, in Tokyo on June 25, 2010. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A Bulgarian fan of the late pop star Michael Jackson sticks a picture of him in central Sofia on June 25, 2010, as fans gather to remember the king of pop's death one year ago. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Fans of pop star Michael Jackson leave Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Glendale, California after visiting his grave site on June 25, 2010, the first anniversary of the death of the "King of Pop." (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A woman displays a Michael Jackson tattoo on her back at the 02 arena in London, on June 25, 2010, as fans gather to remember the king of pop's death one year ago. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A man places a sequined glove on the star of Michael Jackson on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the first anniversary of his death, on June 25, 2010 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Fans worldwide paid tribute to the King of Pop marking the one-year anniversary of his sudden death on June 25, 2009. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Munna Kesari, a Michael Jackson impersonator, dances in front of the media on the King of Pop's first death anniversary, in Hyderabad, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Michael Jackson impersonator 'Navi' is pictured outside the 02 arena in London, on June 25, 2010, as fans gather to remember the king of pop's death one year ago. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Artist Daniel Johnson sells his handmade soap sculptures of pop icon Michael Jackson beside Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the first anniversary of his death, on June 25, 2010 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. Fans worldwide paid tribute to the King of Pop marking the one-year anniversary of his sudden death on June 25, 2009. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Terri Legrow from Farmingdale, New York, holds a copy of the program from last year's memorial service for pop icon Michael Jackson, outside the Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries in Glendale, California where Jackson is interred, on June 25, 2010, the first anniversary of the performer's death. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Asami Kira, visiting from Japan, holds up a Michael Jackson doll, outside Forest Lawn Memorial Parks and Mortuaries where Jackson is interred, in Glendale, California on June 25, 2010, the first anniversary of the performer's death. (Photo: AFP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
Michael Jackson's fans light candles around his posters on his first death anniversary in Jammu, on Friday, June 25, 2010. (Photo: AP)
Jackson mania sweeps the world
A man has an image of pop icon Michael Jackson shaved into his hair, at Jackson's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the first anniversary of his death, on June 25, 2010 in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, California. (Photo: AFP)

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