Says the president of an online MJ community...
Scott Colothan
09:52 30th June 2009

12 Michael Jackson fans have reportedly commit suicide in the wake of The King of Pop's sudden death last Thursday.

Sky News quotes Gary Taylor, the head of the world's biggest Michael Jackson online fan club MJJcommunity.com, who says some fans can't cope with the news of the singer's death.

He said: "I know there has been an increase (in deaths), I now believe the figure is 12. It is a serious situation that these people are going through but Michael Jackson would never want this. He would want them to live.”

Taylor continued: "They can't accept it, they feel in some sort of different reality.

“I'm stunned that he's dead. One minute he is coming here for concerts and the next he is gone.

“I think the funeral will be where the reality kicks in that he is gone and won't be coming back, there will be a huge depression in the fan community when that happens."

The music legend's close friend, Reverend Jesse Jackson, has also expressed his fears about the mental state of Michael's loyal fans saying they must pull together instead of taking their lives.

He urged:  "This is a time when hearts are heavy. There is great pain but great cause to celebrate Michael's life. It made Michael happy saying 'We Are The World'. Don't self destruct.

"We fall down sometimes, we get back up. That's the right thing to do. In Michael's name let's live together as brothers and sisters and not die apart as fools."

Michael Jackson fans pay vigil to the King of Pop:

  • Michael Jackson fans surround his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • Michael Jackson fans surround his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • Michael Jackson fans surround his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • Michael Jackson fans gather outside the UCLA Medical Centre, where the King of Pop died.

  • Michael Jackson fans gather outside the UCLA Medical Centre, where the King of Pop died.

  • michael Jackson's fans leave a message outside Jackson's Enico home.

  • Michael Jackson fans hold impromptu vigil in Hawaii.

  • Michael Jackson fans hold impromptu vigil in Hawaii.

  • Michael Jackson fans gather outside the Lyric Threatre in London, home of a tribute musical to the star.

  • A message outside the Lyrics theatre, London.

  • The O2 Arena in London on the day the world learnt of Michael Jackson's death. The venue was due to stage his 50-show pop comeback.

  • A fan looks at the Apollo Theatre's tribute to Michael Jackson in Los Angeles.

  • Fans in China hold a vigil for Michael Jackson

  • Fans in China hold a vigil for Michael Jackson.

  • Jesse Jackson outside the Jackson's family home in Encino.

  • The world's media wait outside the Los Angeles Coroner's Office for information about Michael Jackson's death.

  • Tributes outside Michael Jackson's home in Los Angeles

  • Tributes outside Michael Jackson's home in Los Angeles

  • Tributes outside Michael Jackson's home in Los Angeles

  • Tributes outside Michael Jackson's home in Los Angeles


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