I think of Michael as a tragic figure, a conflicted and tormented soul. I also think he was a brilliant and charismatic artist. But like many geniuses, or succesful geniuses anyway, his success was his own worst enemy. He developed a personna that he couldn't separate from the adulation of his fans, surrounded himself with enablers, a died from misadventure, completey isolated from those who really loved him, and from reality. It's a sad case, and one we have seen again and again, at the various levels of celebrity. In Michael's case, likely only Elvis was in the same league.