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11:00 PM, July 07, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, July 07, 2009

Asia says farewell to 'King of Pop'


Hair/makeup artist Karen Faye arrives to pay last respects to Michael Jackson at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Monday in Los Angeles, California. Photo: AFP

Devoted fans of Michael Jackson across Asia said farewell to the "King of Pop" on Tuesday, singing his greatest hits, watching videos and gathering for a late-night viewing of the memorial in Los Angeles.
From Japan to Australia, Jackson enthusiasts prepared to stay up into the small hours to see the star-studded final tribute to the pop icon broadcast live from the Staples Center from 1700 GMT Tuesday.
In Tokyo, hundreds of fans flocked to Tower Records in the fashionable Shibuya shopping district for a series of free viewings of Jackson's videos, including clips from the groundbreaking "Thriller", "Billie Jean" and "Bad".
"I still cannot believe he really died," said Eri Kato, 24. "His spirit will live on in his music."
The Tokyo store's general manager Tatsuro Yagawa said three video sessions had been organised over two days, for a total of 500 fans, because people had crowded around a small television screen in the store showing Jackson videos.
"I saw tears in some people's eyes as they were watching him. We wanted to mourn his passing with those fans with a better screen and a better sound system," Yagawa said.
The store also displayed a poster for people to write messages on, planning to later take it to Jackson's grave in the United States.

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