Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, 1958-2009. R.I.P.

Michael Jackson died this afternoon of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles. He was only 50 years old.

He and his family burst on the scene in 1970 as the Jackson 5. In the late 70s and early 1980s, he was the King of Pop with albums like Off The Wall and Thriller. He personified the age of the music video.

I wasn't on the Michael Jackson bandwagon at the height of his popularity but I did enjoy his duets with Paul McCartney. He was to popular music at that time what American Idol is to popular music today.

It is easy to forget that considering all the weird things that have happened over the past quarter century especially with regard to children be it his own children or otherwise.

However, there's another day for that.

Jackson was attempting a comeback. He was due to start a series of concerts in London next month. In fact, there was an item noting that he was being trained by Lou Ferrigno of The Incredible Hulk fame in preparation for these concerts.

But some things just aren't meant to be.

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