Samuel David Ellard, 29
Music shop owner (U.K.)
After Jackson’s death, every second person that came into my shop asked about his records. I think he was a talented musician, but I’m not the greatest fan of his work.
Nguyen Duy Srederie, 26
Systems engineer (French)
He was very famous, so I was shocked when I heard of his death. I think many people in France were sad to learn about his death.
Jess dela Merced, 27
English teacher (U.S.)
I think the whole thing has been blown out of proportion. I’m sad that such a talented musician has died, but I guess we’ll have to quickly learn to live with it.
Yuma Tayaka, 19
The fact that this globally known star died is also sad for us Japanese. Recently I watched the Thriller music video, all 13 minutes — the moonwalk is absolutely amazing.
Naoki Yamamura, 45
I’m sad. He was probably the most famous person in the world. I listened to his songs while getting ready for work or in the car — he always put me a in a good mood.
Yuki Tanida, 21
It’s really sad. He was a great person. It’s a shame he died just as he was about to make his stage comeback. I grew up listening to his records.