He was my first love. I can remember being a tiny little girl watching Thriller premiere and being scared and running upstairs, but then coming back down and watching it again (MTV played it twice in a row).
I loved him so much I had a Michael Jackson cake for my 3rd birthday. I even kissed the cake. I had MJ posters on my wall and a MJ barbie doll complete with only one glove.
I can't say I was a die-hard fan much past the age of 6, but it's still sad to lose such a musical icon at such a long age. I know he has been troubled, but I hope he is remembered for his music and not for the drama.