The Passing of an American Pop Icon

Michael Joseph Jackson (1958–2009)
Michael Joseph Jackson (1958–2009) (Credit: The New York

Michael Jackson is dead at age of 50.  On the morning of June 25, 2009, Jackson reportedly collapsed at a home he was renting in west Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Fire Department’s paramedics responded to a 911 call at 12:21 pm local time. He reportedly was not breathing at the time the paramedics arrived, and CPR was quickly performed. He fell into a coma and died shortly after being rushed to the UCLA hospital. The cause of death is suspected to be cardiac arrest.  Jackson was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m Pacific Time.

The circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson’s death are not entirely clear. But appearing before the news media Thursday, Jackson’s brother Jermaine said it’s believed Michael Jackson had cardiac arrest, though the cause of death won’t be known until an autopsy is performed by the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.

The moonwalking pop star drove the growth of music videos, vaulting cable channel MTV into the popular mainstream after its launch in 1981. His 1982 hit “Thriller,” still the second best-selling U.S. album of all time, spawned a John Landis-directed music video that MTV played every hour on the hour.

John Landis, who directed Mr. Jackson’s most memorable music video, “Thriller,” said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Jackson “was an extraordinary talent and a truly great international star.”  “He had a troubled and complicated life and despite his gifts, remains a tragic figure,” Mr. Landis said.

Mr. Steven Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly: “Just as there will never be another Fred Astaire or Chuck Berry or Elvis Presley, there will never be anyone comparable to Michael Jackson. His talent, his wonderment and his mystery make him legend.”

For his legions of fans, he was the Peter Pan of pop music: the little boy who refused to grow up.

Michael Jackson is survived by three children: Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince “Blanket” Michael Jackson II.

This is sad day for music lover all over the world; a bright star stopped twinkling yesterday.  Good Day!

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