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Michael Jackson Dies
Posted Jun 25th 2009 5:20PM by TMZ Staff

We've just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50.

Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.

A source tells us Jackson was dead when paramedics arrived. A cardiologist at UCLA tells TMZ Jackson died of cardiac arrest.

Once at the hospital, the staff tried to resuscitate him but he was completely unresponsive.

We're told one of the staff members at Jackson's home called 911.

La Toya ran in the hospital sobbing after Jackson was pronounced dead.

Michael is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince "Blanket" Michael Jackson II.

Story developing...

http://www.tmz.com/2009/06/25/micha...chael-jackson-dies-death-dead-cardiac-arrest/
 
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:cry:Oh my gosh!
I don't care what people talk trash about him being gay, turning white or whatever.I still loved his music."We are the World" is my one of my favorite!RIP Michael Jackson, Ed Mcmahon, Farrah Fawcett, David Carradine!So many famous people dying!
 

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So sad, it is not sinking in me yet. But I know tomorrow I'll feel awful. He was an inspiration to my life. :(

He is in a better place now.
 

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I am just a tad younger than MJ so grew up with the teeny bopper sound of the Jackson 5---but it was the OFF THE WALL lp that made be pause and go---WHOA! This is some good stuff! I always thought that was better than THRILLER, but I wouldn't argue the point--just my taste...but I loved that LP!!!

In the end, a lot of my favorite music has always come from guys and gals that I differ from is so many ways---habits, orientation, politics, etc...and I have always tried to remove those elements from whatever I like. If music was what I would like---I bought it. I am probably the only poster that will admit to likeing Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin...along with The Bee Gees, KC & The Sunshine Band and Donna Summer.

Put me down for loving this guys music...RIP, Michael.

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Michael Jackson, 'King of Pop,' dead at 50
Associated Press - 34 minutes ago


LOS ANGELES - Michael Jackson, the "King of Pop" who once moonwalked above the music world, died Thursday as he prepared for a comeback bid to vanquish nightmare years of sexual scandal and financial calamity. He was 50.

Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center after being stricken at his rented home in Holmby Hills. Paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his home for nearly three-quarters of an hour, then rushed him to the hospital, where doctors continued to work on him.

"It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known," his brother Jermaine said. Police said they were investigating, standard procedure in high-profile cases.

Jackson's death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.

His 1982 album "Thriller" — which included the blockbuster hits "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" — is the best-selling album of all time, with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide.

At the time of his death, Jackson was rehearsing hard for what was to be his greatest comeback: He was scheduled for an unprecedented 50 shows at a London arena, with the first set for July 13.

As word of his death spread, MTV switched its programming to play videos from Jackson's heyday. Radio stations began playing marathons of his hits. Hundreds of people gathered outside the hospital. In New York's Times Square, a low groan went up in the crowd when a screen flashed that Jackson had died, and people began relaying the news to friends by cell phone.

"No joke. King of Pop is no more. Wow," Michael Harris, 36, of New York City, read from a text message a friend had sent him. "It's like when Kennedy was assassinated. I will always remember being in Times Square when Michael Jackson died."

The public first knew him as a boy in the late 1960s, when he was the precocious, spinning lead singer of the Jackson 5, the singing group he formed with his four older brothers out of Gary, Ind. Among their No. 1 hits were "I Want You Back," "ABC" and "I'll Be There."

He was perhaps the most exciting performer of his generation, known for his backward-gliding moonwalk, his feverish, crotch-grabbing dance moves and his high-pitched singing, punctuated with squeals and titters. His single sequined glove, tight, military-style jacket and aviator sunglasses were trademarks, as was his ever-changing, surgically altered appearance.

"For Michael to be taken away from us so suddenly at such a young age, I just don't have the words," said Quincy Jones, who produced "Thriller." "He was the consummate entertainer and his contributions and legacy will be felt upon the world forever. I've lost my little brother today, and part of my soul has gone with him."

Jackson ranked alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensations of all time. He united two of music's biggest names when he was briefly married to Presley's daughter, Lisa Marie, and Jackson's death immediately evoked comparisons to that of Presley himself, who died at age 42 in 1977.

As years went by, Jackson became an increasingly freakish figure — a middle-aged man-child weirdly out of touch with grown-up life. His skin became lighter, his nose narrower, and he spoke in a breathy, girlish voice. He often wore a germ mask while traveling, kept a pet chimpanzee named Bubbles as one of his closest companions, and surrounded himself with children at his Neverland ranch, a storybook playland filled with toys, rides and animals. The tabloids dubbed him "Wacko Jacko."

"It seemed to me that his internal essence was at war with the norms of the world. It's as if he was trying to defy gravity," said Michael Levine, a Hollywood publicist who represented Jackson in the early 1990s. He called Jackson a "disciple of P.T. Barnum" and said the star appeared fragile at the time but was "much more cunning and shrewd about the industry than anyone knew."

Jackson caused a furor in 2002 when he playfully dangled his infant son, Prince Michael II, over a hotel balcony in Berlin while a throng of fans watched from below.

In 2005, he was cleared of charges he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor at Neverland in 2003. He had been accused of plying the boy with alcohol and groping him, and of engaging in strange and inappropriate behavior with other children.

The case followed years of rumors about Jackson and young boys. In a TV documentary, he acknowledged sharing his bed with children, a practice he described as sweet and not at all sexual.

Despite the acquittal, the lurid allegations that came out in court took a fearsome toll on his career and image, and he fell into serious financial trouble.

Michael Joseph Jackson was born Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary. He was 4 years old when he began singing with his brothers — Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie and Tito — in the Jackson 5. After his early success with bubblegum soul, he struck out on his own, generating innovative, explosive, unstoppable music.

The album "Thriller" alone mixed the dark, serpentine bass and drums and synthesizer approach of "Billie Jean," the grinding Eddie Van Halen solo on "Beat It," and the hiccups and falsettos on "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'."

The peak may have come in 1983, when Motown celebrated its 25th anniversary with an all-star televised concert and Jackson moonwalked off with the show, joining his brothers for a medley of old hits and then leaving them behind with a pointing, crouching, high-kicking, splay-footed, crotch-grabbing run through "Billie Jean."

The audience stood and roared. Jackson raised his fist.

By then he had cemented his place in pop culture. He got the plum Scarecrow role in the 1978 movie musical "The Wiz," a pop-R&B version of "The Wizard of Oz," that starred Diana Ross as Dorothy.

During production of a 1984 Pepsi commercial, Jackson's scalp sustains burns when an explosion sets his hair on fire.

He had strong follow-up albums with 1987's "Bad" and 1991's "Dangerous," but his career began to collapse in 1993 after he was accused of molesting a boy who often stayed at his home. The singer denied any wrongdoing, reached a settlement with the boy's family, reported to be $20 million, and criminal charges were never filed.

Jackson's expressed anger over the allegations on the 1995 album "HIStory," which sold more than 2.4 million copies, but by then, the popularity of Jackson's music was clearly waning, even as public fascination with his increasingly erratic behavior was growing.

Cardiac arrest is an abnormal heart rhythm that stops the heart from pumping blood to the body. It can occur after a heart attack or be caused by other heart problems.

Billboard magazine editorial director Bill Werde said Jackson's star power was unmatched. "The world just lost the biggest pop star in history, no matter how you cut it," Werde said. "He's literally the king of pop."

Jackson's 13 No. 1 one hits on the Billboard charts put him behind only Presley, the Beatles and Mariah Carey, Werde said.

"He was on the eve of potentially redeeming his career a little bit," he said. "People might have started to think of him again in a different light."

http://omg.yahoo.com/news/michael-jackson-king-of-pop-dead-at-50/24346?nc

yup... he was def up there with the beatles and Elvis
 

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Words fail to describe how horrible this is. Besides the incredible genius he was and his relentless talent, his bizzare lifestyle and just what a tortured man he was since childhood make it that much more depressing.
I was someone who became a fan years long after his golden years but his music and the connection he can still make to this day 40+ years after starting is amazing, even without the hits and the alarming allegations he went through he still remained that big superstar we will never see again.

Even more disturbing is, I got a collections CD on Tuesday from a friend and was on my way back from Key West today listening to the CD and just talking with my friends about his tour in the UK and how psyched we were about him doing that and a new album, then when I got near Key Largo where Miami radio is avilable I turn it on to hear the rumors first him in the hospital and even possibly dead and then get home to see the confirmations plastered all over the television. It took me a while to believe it or accept it. Big coincidence there. If anything Im glad to see his music being played all over the radio and tv appropriately, the absolute best tribute you can give the man.
 

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Very sad day. A legend has died. I always felt like he was in so much pain. Is just me or did his face always seem like he was in severe pain (mental anguish)? As sad as it is, perhaps it was best for him so he no longer suffers.

PS. Billie Jean is a song that will never go out of style.
 
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At least the news stations are focusing on a different topic now.I was tired of seeing the Iranian protest on the news.
 

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At least the news stations are focusing on a different topic now.I was tired of seeing the Iranian protest on the news.
What's been happening in Iran is MUCH more important (and I hope you recognize that) but MJ's death is certainly legitimate news. You would have had to have been a cadaver not to dance to a lot of his music.

The creepy stuff in his life is truly unknown and unresolved. It was strange at the very least.

Musically? Incredible. The Jackson 5 might be the first actual band I EVER remember as a kid and even as a commited punk rocker years later how I could NOT pay attention to essential stuff like Thriller?

I manage a bar and a music venue that's a "hipster" hangout featuring indie bands but the last thing we did as a staff last night was a round of shots---iPods plugged into the sound system---and a little dance party in memory of MJ.
 

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Michael Jackson memorial service: 'King of Pop' eulogized as entertainer, humanitarian
by Vicki Hyman/The Star-Ledger
Tuesday July 07, 2009, 3:33 PM

Michael Jackson was eulogized in word and song today in Los Angeles by some of America's most famous entertainers, athletes, and public figures, including poet Maya Angelou, Martin Luther King III and sister Bernice King, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Magic Johnson and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

"I do know that God is good, and I know that as much as we may feel, and we do, that we need Michael here with us, God must have needed him far more," Wonder told the crowd of about 20,000 people.

"He will never really be gone," Robinson said. "He is going to live forever and ever and ever and ever."

Jackson's daughter Paris Katherine closed the service, sobbing out a simple heartfelt sentence: "Daddy has been the best father you can ever imagine, and I just want to say, I love you so much."
MARIO ANZUONI/GETTY IMAGESMichael Jackson's parents Joe Jackson, back center, and Katherine, front left, arrive with Jackson's oldest son Prince Michael, right, at Jackson's public memorial.

Jackson's family attended a private funeral at Forest Lawn cemetery in the Hollywood Hills earlier today, then accompanied the hearse to the Staples Center along streets stripped of rush-hour traffic. His brothers, all dressed in suits with yellow ties, red roses in their lapels and glittering gloves, carried the gilded casket into the arena, and Jermaine Jackson later sang "Smile" for his brother.

Though Jackson's talent, his humanitarian efforts and his love for his family and friends were widely praised, those who spoke at the Staples Center memorial service did not shy away from the controversy that surrounded Jackson the last decade of his life.

"There wasn't anything strange about your dad," Sharpton told Jackson's three children, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, sitting with Jackson's parents. "It was strange what your daddy had to deal with."

At the end of the service, Marlon Jackson told the crowd that no one could ever imagine the pressure of Jackson's outsize fame. "Being judged, ridiculed, how much pain can one take ... Maybe now, Michael, they will leave you alone."

Queen Latifah relayed Angelou's poem, "We Had Him," in which she called Jackson "our bright and shining star" and "our treasure." "Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone, only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him ... Whether we knew who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his. We had him."
MARIO ANZUONI/GETTY IMAGESLionel Richie, Jackson's collaborator on 'We are the World,' sang 'Jesus is Love'

The Rev. Al Sharpton: "He opened up the whole world ... It was Michael Jackson that brought blacks and whites and Asians and Latinos together." He said Jackson broke barriers and made Americans of different races feel more comfortable with each other, paving the way for Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods and even Barack Obama. "Michael made us love each other. Michael taught us to stand for each other."

Before Stevie Wonder's performance of "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," he told the crowd, "I wished I didn't live to see this day come."

Kobe Bryant praised Jackson's philanthropic efforts, and Magic Johnson threw his support behind Katherine Jackson, who currently has temporary custody of Jackson's kids. "His three children will have the most incredible grandmother to take care of them ... so may God continue to bless this incredible family."
MARK J. TERRILL/AP/MCTQueen Latifah read a poem by Maya Angelou in tribute to Michael Jackson.

Brooke Shields, at times breaking into tears, told the audience that she met Jackson when she was 13. "Both of us needed to be adults very early, but when we were together, we were two little kids having fun ... He was caring, funny, honest, pure, non-jaded, and he was a lover of life."

The playlist: Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz duetted on "I'll Be There;" Lionel Richie performed "Jesus is Love;" a visibly pregnant Jennifer Hudson sang "Will You Be There," John Mayer performed "Human Nature," Usher sang "Gone Too Soon," and boy singer Shaheen Jafargholi sang "Who's Lovin' You."

Jackson collaborator Kenny Ortega says the London concert series they were prepping for when Jackson died would have been his triumphant return to the world. The memorial closed with members of his touring company singing "We Are the World," soon joined by the day's other performers and Jackson's family, and finally, "Heal the World."


Always will be remembered Michael!
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2009/07/michael_jackson_memorial_servi_2.html
 

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^^When people die, all the bad is somehow forgotten. People are incredible, two weeks ago everyone was making fun of him and judging him. Now people are in tears. I was over it the Friday after he died...
 

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Alot of people never bought he was a pedophile. I doubt very much the outpouring of love and support towards him are of people that ever believed that or mocked him. Just three months ago Micheal Jackson set a new record for the fastest selling concert of all time, that was 750K tickets. Not just some fluke that was only made fun of, he was still largely admired.
 

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Alot of people never bought he was a pedophile. I doubt very much the outpouring of love and support towards him are of people that ever believed that or mocked him. Just three months ago Micheal Jackson set a new record for the fastest selling concert of all time, that was 750K tickets. Not just some fluke that was only made fun of, he was still largely admired.
True, and in regards to his personal life all that any of us really know is that we DON'T know.

Bizarre? Yes. Far from 'ordinary' behavior? No question at all. But whether or not it ever truly rose to the level of molestation is unanswered---and probably will remain so. Maybe Jackson did, and that would be loathesome and unpardonable---and maybe he was just so childlike himself that kids became the only people he could relate to emotionally. I don't know. None of us do.

If there was a documented, proven 'bad guy' in all this it was probably the dad. A domineering, abusive creep by nearly all accounts.
 

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BS he sold alot of tickets because his biggest fan base is in china
which has how many billions of people living there versus the millions in USA
 

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BS he sold alot of tickets because his biggest fan base is in china
which has how many billions of people living there versus the millions in USA
So what? The tickets still got sold. He's not supposed to have Chinese fans?:eek:hno:
 

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Lets just leave it that. You obviously just want to believe that. Your inexpedient comment on the topic tempted me but I'll just stay shut.
 
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