A birthday fit for a king

Fans send kind wishes, create art, and express love for late pop-star Michael Jackson on what would have been his 53rd birthday.


Fernando Alfonso III


Published Aug 29, 2011   Updated Jun 3, 2021, 3:05 am CDT

The late king of pop is still the king of the Internet, at least on his birthday.

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Thousands of people around the world are wishing Michael Jackson a happy birthday on every social media platform they can get their hands on–Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook, to name a few. Jackson died on June 25, 2009, less than three weeks before starting his farewell concert series at London’s O2 arena.

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He would have turned 53-years-old today.

Some fans celebrated by drawing Jackson a picture while others danced to his music. On Twitter the phrase “Happy Birthday mj” is a worldwide trending topic. It has been mentioned more than 40,000 times in the last 24 hours, according to Topsy, a social media search engine.

Here’s a look at how people are remembering the pop superstar.


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*First Published: Aug 29, 2011, 3:21 pm CDT