Michael Jackson dies at the age of 50

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Two in one day, this one being an absolute shock. Michael Jackson has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 50. Here is the press release from Reuters:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson, the child star turned King of Pop who set the world dancing but whose musical genius was overshadowed by a bizarre lifestyle and sex scandals, died on Thursday. He was 50.

Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. PDT (5:26 p.m. EDT) after arriving at a Los Angeles hospital in full cardiac arrest, said Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. The cause of death was not known and an autopsy would likely take place on Friday, he said.

Jackson was taken ill at home and his personal physician tried to resuscitate him but could not, his brother Jermaine told reporters. Jackson was taken by paramedics to the hospital, where doctors worked for more than an hour to try to revive him before pronouncing him dead, the brother said.

Known as the “King of Pop,” for hits that included “Thriller” and “Billie Jean,” Jackson’s dramatic, one-gloved stage presence and innovative dance moves were imitated by legions of fans around the world.

His lifetime record sales tally was believed to be around 750 million, and with his 13 Grammy Awards and boundary-breaking music videos he was one of the most successful entertainers of all time.

Michael Jackson is such a profound performer that I doubt anybody has been affected by him in some way and everybody has a “Michael Jackson memory” that may be good or bad. The past few years comedians and shows have made a game out of poking fun at Michael as he suffered a horrible public image. However, it’s impossible to deny the profound impact that he has had on pop culture.

My Michael Jackson memory is as a performer on the soundtracks of Free Willy and Back the Future II. I also remember my favorite cassette tape to listen to growing up was a Disney compilation that contained “Beat It.” I listened to that tape until it wore out.

What is your Michael Jackson memory?

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