Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson, King of Pop, Dies at Age 50

Michael Jackson certainly had some odd habits and an assortment of health concerns, but no one expected him to die, as he did today at the age of 50. Ironically, Jackson was preparing for a huge comeback effort that would try to restore his reputation (and his financial solvency). He was scheduled to play 50 sold-out dates at London's O2 Arena.

But the King of Pop died this afternoon in Los Angeles when he collapsed at his home and was taken to UCLA Medical Center. Paramedics found him in a coma when they were summoned to his mansion, and he died of a suspected heart attack. An autopsy may take place as early as tomorrow, and it is hoped that will clear up questions such as whether drugs (legal or otherwise) were a cause of Jackson's death.

The L.A. Times notes that celebrities offered their Michael Jackson thoughts and reactions on Twitter, and the paper's Web site offers an obituary, a timeline of his life, and Michael Jackson photos from throughout his life.

Music by Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 has been flying off the shelves at and other retailers. At one point, 17 of the top 25 bestsellers in music at Amazon were by one of those two artists. Among other things, the retails is selling the MP3 version of The Jackson 5's album "ABC" for $7.99.

Whatever one thinks of his personal life, Michael Jackson was one of the most talented and enduring artists of our day, and he has legions of fans throughout the world.

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