Michael Jackson Has Died

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson has died. He was 50 years old.

Thursday afternoon Jackson was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles in full cardiac arrest. He was reportedly not breathing for several minutes.

Reports flooded the internet ranging from he had died to he was in a coma.

By 3:30 P.M. PDT the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times were reporting that Jackson had passed away at 3:15 P.M. PDT. TMZ had reported the Jackson’s passing several minutes prior.

Apparently, Jackson has been in a fragile state for quite some times.

R.I.P. Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

R.I.P. Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

Love him or hate him, Michael Jackson is a musical icon. If time had stopped in 1985, he would have gone down as the greatest singer ever. However, as he aged he became exceedingly weird—even weirder than we like our pop singers.

Unfortunately, his antics, his alleged pedophile and his plastic surgeries tainted what should be a legendary music career. He’s on par with Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra. Jackson is one of the best entertainers the world has ever known.

Michael Jackson has been elected into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice. He’s won 13 Grammy Awards, charted 13 number one singles and sold over 750 million albums worldwide. His videos helped build a new struggling networkMTV. In fact, he did to the music video what The Beatles did to the recording studio. Jackson’s fashions and style was all the rage in the early 1980’s.

Critics said he couldn’t outdo his 1979 album Off The Wall. However, in 1982 he released Thriller, one of the greatest albums of all-time.

If you don't have this album get it right now.

If you don't have this album get it right now.

Just about everyone alive at that time had Thriller; everyone knew all his songs; and everyone waited with bated breath for his Thriller videos to debut on MTV. During his time, everything Jackson did was an event.

In 1983, he performed “Billie Jean” on the special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever. During this historic performance, Jackson introduced the world to the moonwalk. The event was similar in scope and importance to The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show.

He followed those albums up with Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995). While the albums were very good, they didn’t recapture the magic of Thriller.

Jackson leaves behind three children and millions of fans.

Needless to say, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is in the Land of Punt.

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