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http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-michael-jackson,0,4138163.story




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TMZ.com is reporting that he has passed away.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.52
    Originally posted by spf
    TMZ.com is reporting that he has passed away.


Link to TMZ

That is just crazy. Totally unexpected.




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E! News just cut in and reported he has passed away, too.

Ed, Farrah, MJ...there's your three.
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    Originally posted by Bullitt
    E! News just cut in and reported he has passed away, too.

    Ed, Farrah, MJ...there's your three.


Kronkite well on his way too. Possibly today.



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Man, A HUGE figure from my early teen years is gone. I am Not a huge crying screaming fan, but the man was bigger than Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined at one point in the 80s.
Unbelievably shocking, but then again, with all the health scares they've reported about in the past year, maybe not so much.

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According to Yahoo!, The LA Times confirms, but The Times site is getting hit HARD. I can't get their site to load.

EDIT: Got a link: Click Here (latimesblogs.latimes.com)

My local Fox channel says they have "multiple sources" confirming as well.



(edited by Zeruel on 25.6.09 1828)


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CNN is reporting that he is alive but in a coma. (link)

Edit: Zeruel is right.

New York Times

CNN is now reporting that he as passed.

Unbelievable.

(edited by Leroy on 25.6.09 1535)

(edited by Leroy on 25.6.09 1535)


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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Leroy
    CNN is reporting that he is alive but in a coma. (link)

    (edited by Leroy on 25.6.09 1529)


Your link says he's dead.



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Wow...this really, really sucks. I wasn't a fan of the man, but I was a fan of his music. Still, it still sucks.

Rest in Peace, Michael.

(edited by Oliver on 25.6.09 1654)


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For anyone who was a child of the 80s, I can't think of a bigger star, celeb, idol, whatever you want to call him. And only 50 too! Way too soon, way too sad. Unbelievable. Say what you want about how weird he looked or all the allegations, but you can't deny that the man could make some music. The best there is, was, or ever will be. Unbelievable.

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The saddest thing about this is that Michael will never have the opportunity to get himself back together. Maybe he wasn't capable of it, but maybe he was. From a public point of view, maybe that would have meant getting back to focusing on music, perhaps with a concert or concerts that were low-key and emphasized music rather than spectacle.

When he was at his peak, of course, the music and the spectacle went hand in hand. I was lucky enough to see three of his concerts during the 80s (two with his brothers on the Victory tour and one later on the Bad tour) and they were certainly marvelous entertainments on a variety of levels.

His best records were unbelievable. "I Want You Back", "The Love You Save", "Enjoy Yourself", "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Wanna Be Startin' Something", and also some lesser-known things such as "I Wanna Be Where You Are" and "Eaten Alive" (technically a Diana Ross record, but effectively a duet). It doesn't get much better than those.

One doesn't get the sense that his phenomenal success brought him much happiness in life. I hope I'm wrong about that. And I hope his kids can get past the strangeness of their lives to date and the loss of their father and have happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. I hope some of the pleasure that Michael brought to his fans can find its way back to his family.
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R.I.P. King of Pop


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    Originally posted by Peter The Hegemon
    The saddest thing about this is that Michael will never have the opportunity to get himself back together.


No way that was happening. They don't make them like this very often. The man had crazy talent, but was a freak of epic proportions. I think we will be more and more freaked out by him as time passes.
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No one in my lifetime has ever been a bigger star than Michael Jackson in 1984 - with the possible exception of Barack Obama last year (which isn't quite the same thing). If you weren't around, I don't think you can comprehend it. (Hell, I was only four so I don't think I fully comprehend it.)

Say what you will about his personal life - and I don't know if I've ever been convinced of the worst of it - nothing can take away "Billie Jean". And "Smooth Criminal". And "Wanna Be Startin Something". And "The Girl Is Mine". And "Don't Stop Till You Get Enough". And "The Way You Make Me Feel". And so on and so on and so on and so on.
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    the man was bigger than Elvis, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones combined at one point in the 80s.


Maybe in the video for "I'm Fat."

(edited by JustinShapiro on 25.6.09 2026)
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Godspeed, men of the 2nd Bn, 127th Infantry, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, Wisconsin Army National Guard! Victory in Iraq!

Damn.

I remember being so excited for the Victory album back in '84, and disappointed when MJ didn't play the closing ceremonies for the Summer Olympics in LA.

Heck, there was even a poster of him in my elementary school gym WAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY back when.

I even marked out for old Jackson 5ive tapes on my mom's old, huge-*ss silver Montgomery Wards Walkman clone.

And now that guy's gone. Man.

Hope his kids will be OK. RIP, Michael.

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For my 8th birthday (in 1983), I got a cassette player & my very first cassette tape, "Thriller" ...

I probably couldn't tell you what I got for my birthday this year, but that one in 1983 has always stuck with me.
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    Originally posted by Mayhem

    For my 8th birthday (in 1983), I got a cassette player & my very first cassette tape, "Thriller" ...

    I probably couldn't tell you what I got for my birthday this year, but that one in 1983 has always stuck with me.

I was 9 and it was my first tape too. I know things got weird in his later years, but in those days there wasn't ANYONE in his league. Not Prince, not Madonna, not anyone. A global mega star the world had not seen since Elvis. And a mega star we have not seen the likes of since, and probably won't. Truly the biggest star in all of entertainment in the 80s.

He had major personal issues, but you can't question his creativity and contributions to the music world.




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