I'm devastated that he's gone. There are so few artists today that weren't influenced by him in some way, and he's more than revolutionized music. Heal the World is so beautful, and Beat it is so damn funky. Thriller is still one of the best music videos to date, and the moonwalk (even though I'm aware that it was actually Bill Bailey or Marcel Marceau that invented it) came to fame because of him.
What's nice, in a way, about when musicians and actors die, is that their spirit can...
Whether you love him, or hate him, or make jokes about him and his face/children... he'll be a loss, given his influence in the world of music, was the king of pop, and the fact that he sure knows how to moonwalk. He was a weird guy (to say the least), but it's a sad day for many - and for the world of music, no doubt.
Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off now to go and dance with zombies.