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Fans compare the Kings of Rock and Pop

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Tourists at Graceland on Friday reflected on the striking similarities between the King of Rock and Roll and the King of Pop.

David Moss, a Cleveland, Ohio native visiting Graceland with his family, said both Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson will be remembered for their sudden, shocking deaths.

"I think fame pushed them to the edge of being able to cope," Moss said.

Others said it's the dancing and energy both men displayed on stage that people will compare in the future.

"They will be definitely remembered, especially Elvis with his leg movement and Michael with his creative movement just by himself," Memphian Yvonne Dowell said.

"Elvis, he was kind of from old times, and could pull at everyone's heart, and to me, Michael Jackson, he brought us all together of all colors," said Gerald Ladd of Cottage Grove, Oregon.

While both Jackson and Presley are now gone, fans say their music will live on in the people who love them.

Celebrities all over the world remembered Jackson on Friday, including Memphis' own Justin Timberlake.

Timberlake issued a statement saying, "I can't find the words right now to express how deeply sadden (sic) I am by Michael's passing. We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only Pop music, but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones."

Friday night, NBC will air three hours of special programming on the deaths of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett.

Starting at 7pm, tune in to a special presentation of "Farrah's Story" followed by a special Dateline : "Michael Jackson: King of Pop."

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