Michael was so talented. He was an enigma to us all. We cherished the music he created. Yet, we always wondered what was going on in his head. Why did he do the things he did. Why did he not understand that some of the things he did as an adult were not socially acceptible (ie. hanging around with so many children and sleeping in the same bed as them).
I think the fact that he produced so many hits, we have a connection with him. If he did not succeed as a musical artist, he would not have been important to us. There are many weird people that exist in this world, but no attention is paid to them since they do not have celebrity status.
Finally, when a celebrity dies as a shell of their former self, we go back to the pleasant bank of memories in the back of our minds. Most people love to reminisce to the good times and good days. I'm sure there are many fans who bought a "Beat It" jacket when the Thriller album came out. Many other's may remember watching the television when the "Black or White" and "Remember the Time" world premiere was aired on World Television. These memories bring back good feelings to us.