Michael Jackson Dies

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.

(read my article on the death of real hero who died last week here)

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.

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  • dexster666

    to bad good music will miss him was my idol wen i did grow up peace homie
    May You Rest In Peace

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  • http://www.abundantace.com/ ace

    That’s ashame. He had some good music. More and more people are dying young.

    May Michael Jackson rest in peace despite some of the negative things said about him.

  • Cassie

    I will miss Michael Jackson and his music which inspired us to laugh, live, give and love. May he rest in peace.
    I will miss Farrah..One of the orginal Angels. May she rest in peace.
    May Ed rest in peace. He has now found the stars he was searching for. May God bless all of them and their families.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    wow ed, farrah, and micheal? they say big deaths always come in 3s? we’ll miss then all, we REALLY will. they were all american icons in their own respects….RIP   mr. miller, i have a question that i thought you would be able to answer right away when i saw it; last nite on the nfl network i saw the highligts of americas game: the 1972 dolphins, and the the 1973 dolphins. in a shot of mecury morris’ high lites he was standing next to a player with the name GINN on the back of his jersy. his # was something in the 80s so i was assuming a wr? ok was this your  ted ginn jr’s— ted ginn sr? just curious when i saw that name ginn??????????

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Dave:  The Dolphins had a player on their roster between 71 and 75 named Hubert Ginn, no relation to Ted.  He wore number 28 and was listed as a RB.  He wore that number in 75.  He could have worn a WR number prior to that as the NFL didn’t mandate position numbers until after those seasons.

  • Brian Quinn

    Michael Jackson cannot be compared to Elvis Presley. Elvis was totally unique and more than just a singer/entertainer. Elvis was an historical figure. He was the one who broke down racial and cultural barriers in 1950′s U.S.A. making it easier for all pop stars who followed in his footsteps and paving the way for Dr.Martin Luther King. Elvis was the whole package – he had the talent, good looks, charisma, stage act and could act when given the chance. He also had the humility to go with it and gave away millions of dollars to charitable causes without any publicity.
    Without Elvis, Michael Jackson would not have been a star.
    As far as Jackson is concerned he was an excellent dancer but, in my opinion, did not have much of a voice and was extremely limited in the musical genres he cared to sing in, like so many other entertainers of the today e.g. Madonna.
    His ‘controversial’ lifestyle and ‘paedophile’ accusations did not help matters but I feel that his proposed ‘comeback’ shows in London were the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back’. To do 50 shows in such close proximity would be extremely taxing for anyone aged 50 let alone someone in bad health.
    He will be missed by his family and fans.
    R.I.P Michael Jackson.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    thank you brian. i knew if anybody would get that info, your’re the man. i also figured a stats guy like you would apprieciate my curiousity as well? it just caught my eye when i saw tha nfl film and got me thinking. well thanks again. sounds like a triva question????