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'Thriller' prisoners pay tribute in the coolest way possible

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Fans and friends of Michael Jackson have issued tributes both touching and heartbreaking since his death Thursday, but perhaps the coolest tribute comes courtesy of the dedicated, dancing CPDRC prisoners in the Philippines (who also brought us the infamous “Thriller” dance video). The 1500 coordinated viral-video stars gathered together after his death to choreograph new Jackson-inspired numbers, reportedly sweating it out for nine hours in preparation for the tribute to their idol. Here are their interpretations of “Ben,” “I’ll Be There,” and “We Are the World.” Enjoy!

More Michael Jackson coverage on EW:
Michael Jackson: 18 Key Moments
Michael Jackson: 9 EW Covers
Michael Jackson: Global Mourning

More viral video from the EW Archives:
Thriller: The Prison Musical
Viral Video Hall of Fame
The 10 Best Viral Videos of 2007