If your breathing and over the age of 16 you know who Michael Jackson is. Love him, hate him, detest him, his iconic image is hard to overlook. Now, like so many other pop icons, Michael Jackson is dead from what appears to be cardiac arrest. He was 50 years old.
Jackson shot to fame as the youngest singer in the Jackson 5 music group of the 1970’s. While Jackson’s popularity often overshadowed his 4 other brothers and his sisters Janet and LaToya, his popularity ballooned to Elvis like hysteria in the 1980’s. It started with the album “Thriller” that sold more records than anything that had come before. Thriller sold more than 100 million copies which today still stands as the only album to sell more than 100 million world wide. Jackson also is the 4th largest selling artist behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Bing Crosby.
Jackson’s pop fame spanned the 80’s and early 90’s but waned during the years after his album “History: Past, Present, & Future” in 1995.
Becoming the subject of much speculation, Jackson was accused of child molesting on two occasions and was taken to court over one of them. His “Neverland Ranch” the subject of a child haven where the pop icon reportedly slept with many children during over night sleep overs.
Despite the allegations, Jackson was never found guilty of any charges pertaining to child molestation, his legal issues over, Jackson still was the focal point of tabloid news agency’s. From his never-ending facial appearances to his holding his child over a balcony, Jackson was never out of the public eye.
Jackson was arguably one of the most revered musical icons of any era. His one gloved hand and dress simply changed an entire culture. Domestic and abroad. Jackson will be remembered alongside names like Elvis Presley, to who’s daughter he was briefly married to.
Jackson was in the process of organizing a world-wide tour.
Jackson is the 3rd celebrity to die in the last two days joining the aforementioned Farrah Fawcett who died this morning and Ed McMahon who died at the age of 86 last night.