Jackson Fans Gather for 'Thriller Dance' Record Attempt

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LOS ANGELES -- Michael Jackson fans in Los Angeles and around the world Saturday attempted to break the world record for the most people dancing simultaneously to Jackson's hit "Thriller."

After about a month of practice, people came from as far away as Florida to assemble at L.A. Live for the record breaking attempt.

Many of the participants dressed as zombies, emulating the popular music video.

Dancers from the upcoming documentary "This Is It," which is set to open Tuesday at the movie theater at L.A. Live, were also on hand.

AEG, the Los Angeles-based company responsible for the "This Is It" tour that never happened because of Jackson's death, as well as the film, joined with organizers to promote the Tuesday premiere.

The dance, which kicked off at 5:30 p.m. local time in cities in 37 countries, was supposed to top the previous record, which was set by 13,597 people in Mexico City August 29 -- on what would have been Jackson's 51st birthday.

Numbers were still being tabulated to determine if the group dance broke the record.

Jackson died June 25 of a drug overdose at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills, days before the series of concerts in London was scheduled to begin.

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