Back in the eighties, a kind of inflation started taking place when describing musicians. First we simply had stars. Then superstars. Pretty soon we were talking about megastars. I do not think we ever got as far as hyperstars, but if we had, surely Michael Jackson is one of the few who would have deserved this description. How many people can bring down twitter and google on the news of their death?
Undoubtedly a musical genius, he will also be remembered for his overall strangeness and allegations of child abuse. Having lost his childhood to the world of music, he spent his adulthood trying to regain it. Perhaps this also expressed itself through his sexuality; certainly his actions always laid him open to criticism.
Hopefully, however, he will be remembered for his music and his worldwide appeal. No-one could unite people through music quite like Michael Jackson. His death is a real loss to many people across the world, and he will be sorely missed.