Millions of Indians have grown up and been entertained by his distinct music. Scores in Bollywood and down South have been inspired by the sheer power of his performances.
And even though his life in recent years has been marked by consistent controversy and often orbited on the cusp of tragedy, he never quite lost the hold he had on his fan following.
Just one glimpse of his videos or seeing him on stage was enough to make the jaw drop. Such was his magic.
What did Michael Jackson and his music mean to you? Share your memories of the legend, who died suddenly on Thursday.