I am surprised by the reaction to Michael Jackson's death by many regular posters on ASF.
I'm no trickcyclist but am taken by the sincerity of peoples grief and surprised by the depth of their suffering.
It reminds me of the reaction to Princess Diana's death when a world swoon ensued and flowers were piled up at Clarence House gates by a bereft populace.
Perhaps people invest a part of themselves in celebrities and when they die they lose that part to an existential angst.
The fact that Diana and Michael were very flawed creatures with a litany of allegations of their dubious amoral conduct prior to death, appears to have been forgotten or ignored by the mourners.
Perhaps those affected might be able to explain their feelings so that those of us who do not feel that pain, may be better able to understand it.