Jackson’s death dominates Dutch press

The death of pop star Michael Jackson dominated Dutch news sites on Friday and by early afternoon thousands of fans has signed the online condolence register, expressing their grief at his sudden death.

The Telegraaf carried dozens of articles and photos, including pictures purporting to show the dead star still on breathing apparatus.
‘Moonwalk, the most famous dance move on the planet,’ wrote the Volkskrant in its analysis of Jackson’s contribution to modern culture.
‘Tragic master of the perfect song’ is the headline on the NRC’s review of Jackson’s career.
Amsterdam visit
News agency ANP looked back at Jackson’s relationship with the Netherlands, highlighting the fact that he was one of the first performers in the new Amsterdam Arena stadium in 1996.
On his arrival by private jet at Schiphol airport Jackson made straight for the traditional barrel organ which was part of the welcome committee and tried unsuccessfully to buy it, ANP says.
He stayed in Amsterdam for a week and ‘the whole city centre was turned upside down’.
A 15-metre high statue of himself which the singer gave to be auctioned off for the Ronald McDonald children’s charity still stands outside the McDonald’s fast food restaurant in Best, ANP said. On Friday fans began laying flowers at the statue.
Financial boost
Jackson’s death even made the home page of the Financieele Dagblad’s website. The paper quoted analysts as saying they expect a financial boost for Jackson’s record label Sony.
Meanwhile, internet shop Bol.com reported selling over 1,000 Jackson-related items within a couple of hours while Sony BMG told ANP it had sold out of Jackson dvds and cds.
And Jackson look-alike Djowin Zschuschen told the Volkskrant he was ‘broken by grief’.

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