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Michael Jackson dead at 50

Published: Fri, June 26, 2009 @ 1:21 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Michael Jackson, the record-breaking, sensationally gifted "King of Pop" who emerged from childhood superstardom to become the entertainment world's most influential singer and dancer, and the tabloid world's most disturbing celebrity, has died. He was 50.

A person with knowledge of the situation says Jackson died Thursday in a Los Angeles hospital. The person was not authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity.

His death brought a tragic end to a long, bizarre, sometimes farcical decline from his peak in the 1980s, when he was popular music's premier all-around performer, a uniter of black and white music who shattered the race barrier on MTV, dominated the charts and dazzled even more on stage.


1paulydel(1607 comments)posted 7 years ago

Although he was strange acting he was a musical genius. I remember when Thriller came out you couldn't buy acopy anywhere in the states and when I flew over to Germany I bought the last copy they had in the BX on base. Such a waste of musical talent. He had a gift of music and making money but he pissed it all away.

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2valleycat(5 comments)posted 7 years ago

bizzare as he may have been, remember 3 children have lost their father at a far too young age, ill remember the MJ of the 80's when he truly was the king of pop

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years ago

Talented with money and I don't think that he enjoyed either. A lost soul doomed to wander the earth trying to find himself. At peace at last.

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4valleycat(5 comments)posted 7 years ago

ive always like you Stan, i couldnt have said it better
(long time reader, first time writer)

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5janeyblue(227 comments)posted 7 years ago


farrah's story is sadder
he asked for his problems! she did not
still 3 kids do have a "mother" somewhere

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6Rokscout(310 comments)posted 7 years ago

Very well said Stan.

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7Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 7 years ago


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8ehshelia(1 comment)posted 7 years ago

One of musics greatest icons he will live on in his music and his dance moves

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9Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 7 years ago

A true entertainer. Lets hear from one person that doesnt know the words to atleast one Jackson 5/Michael Jackson song. It ok, you can admit what you blast on the radio when noone is around. Of all the celebrities that have passed lately this one truly touched me. if my life was that much in the spotlight it might not much be much different. Sorry I can't sit on that pedestal with and think I'm so much better. Next time you have that ignorant comment to post.... Just don't. Try and have a little respect.

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10andersonathan(687 comments)posted 7 years ago

ABC 123
And for Farrah today your with Angles, God Bless You

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11Ytownnative(1121 comments)posted 7 years ago

If i live to be 100 I remember that Farrah poster

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12backatyou(10 comments)posted 7 years ago

don't really care, glad he is gone now children everywhere can fear one less pervert, and the music world will be just fine without him , if he was a no body you people would realize he was a danger to children

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13Ciara2223(16 comments)posted 7 years ago

How did he ask for his problems? People need to stop acting like they know these celebs personally like they know their whole life story. Dont nobody but god and their close family and friends know them that well so that was ignorant as hell to even say. We all dont know everthing he went through since childhood maybe just alittle but not everything. We also dont know everything he went through as becoming an adult either.

I will say I hope him and farrah fawcett rest in peace. And as of the jackson family I hope everything turns around for them especially for those kids. It's very sad that the media puts a picture of him dead in the ambulance. Some type of respect got to give.

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14UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 7 years ago

I hear that Michael Jackson has so much cosmetic plastic added to his body they are going to cremate him and turn him into legos for children to play with just like when he was alive.

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15dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years ago

I find it funny on here that people always bring up his issue with the children. I hope you all realize he was NEVER found guilty of anything! The first case where he settled out of court for millions. That was a scam for the parents to make money off someone famous! That has been proven. It gave way for others to try to do the same! Come on would you have settled out of court for any amount of money if your child was violated? I know there is NOWAY i would have. The parents are also to blame for putting their children in his hands. He was not mentally stable. Watch: the Jacksons: An American Dream, it lays everything out for you to why MJ was not in his right mind!

philobeto: Every person deals with things differently. You are obveriously a stronger person! I do feel had you went through that, and in many ways i do blame your mom. A parents need to protect their child! MJ was a wonderful father to his three children and ended a cycle that Joseph could not.

MJ was a GENIUS! I will always remember him for all the songs he wrote and dance moves that to this day have forever changed the music/dance industry! R.I.P Michael Jackson!

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16Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years ago

OJ was found not guilty also. Michael had some serious issues in his later years. Was he an evil man? I don't believe so but his perception of reality was distorted. Those around him were freeloading and Jackson not being in his right mind was easy to be taken advantage of. Inept plastic surgeons destroyed his facial features and his personal doctor killed him with medication. They took his money, his health and took his life. A very sad ending for a once handsome and very talented entertainer.

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17KLee709(2 comments)posted 7 years ago

Why is there such a lack of compassion here? Who cares what may or may not have happened in his personal life.. A musical prodigy has passed and a life is now gone.. None of us know him or his family personally.. think about your families, and how you would feel..

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18Stan(9923 comments)posted 7 years ago

I have plenty of compassion for Michael and his family but none for his doctor who killed him with medication. Jackson was exploited right to the very end. The doctor who killed him claims he is owed $300,000 . He should be sued and charged !

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19Ciara2223(16 comments)posted 7 years ago

I dont see people getting on the fact that those kids lied. And how one of them came forward about lying on michael jackson and saying he never was molested by him and went into hiding for about 11 years.

And @ philobeto im sorry to hear that but also everyone reacts and deal with situations different. Dont nobody on this message board know everything mj and his family went through we only know alittle bit of what they said on the tv.

Personally I felt like mj was a child at heart that wouldn't hurt a fly. He did alot of positive things for people. And it's a shame how his life was and we all dont know everything he was dealing with. But yes he seemed abit off at times but he don't deserve all this disrespect from some people cracking ignorant jokes while he was alive and now while he is deceased.

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202EZ2CY(6 comments)posted 7 years ago


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21YtownDad(4 comments)posted 7 years ago

Just to be clear, OJ Simpson WAS found guilty of wrongful death and battery in a civil trial. Jackson, weird though he may have been, was never convicted in either a criminal or civil court.

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22dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years ago

MJ was a true musical genius! The industry has lost an icon! He will be remember through his music and influence in dance! My heart goes out to his children! They only saw a loving dad who adored them! My heart also goes out to his true family and true friends!

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23redvert(2239 comments)posted 7 years ago

Face it, Jackson was a pervert. For those of you out there who think he was so wonderful, let me ask you this. If you were not hard up for money, would you let your 9-11 year old son have a sleep over at Jackson's house. Some of you will understand why I put in the hard up for money stipulation, some will not.

As far as whether or not he was convicted of molestation, remember that the trial took place in "the land of fruits and nuts"!

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24dmets(575 comments)posted 7 years ago

You have no clue if he did or did not do it. Why assume? You know what that makes you look like! The problem with people in the world today is they all think they know everything and what everyone does. People need to quit being so negative! Why do you think there are so many problems in the world today!

As for your comment about where the trial took place: That is a very rude comment. You are putting a stereotype on a population who doesn't deserve it at all!

You put yourself above others, some come on down and walk with everyday people and maybe you see the world in a better light!

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25redvert(2239 comments)posted 7 years ago

How naive we are. In his own words he stated that he did not see a problem with young children (preferably little boys) sharing his bed with him. I guess you see that as okay.

By the way, you never did answer my question, or on second thought I believe you have!

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26irishfan91(97 comments)posted 7 years ago

WHO CARES?!!! I cannot believe the media is overcovering this story and missed covering the huge tax that is the cap and trade bill that was passed by the House last Friday.

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27Ken(153 comments)posted 7 years ago

Another terrific talent ruined by drugs. A real shame!

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28janeyblue(227 comments)posted 7 years ago

why is this crap still "newsworthy" ? isn't there a child stuck in a well in oklahoma or something?
he was a sad pathetic man who fondled little boys and had enough money to buy drugs none of the rest of us could touch...
he really wasnt a genius he just sold alot of records to lots of people
so what?
as for the freaks dressing up like him? grow up get a life! get out of your sad fantasy world!
bury him finally
the family is just as bad ..money hungrey eejits sucking the last penny they can
now thats really pathetic!
yeah charge to come to a funneral ! what a level of lowness that is

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29starofesther(168 comments)posted 7 years ago

I prefer the Bible...that explains about life and death..To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord

Many choices in this life but only TWO for eternity!

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30metrodawg(70 comments)posted 7 years ago

Michael Jackson is the perfect example of what happens to people when they start "working" while still in elementary school. He spent his whole life trying to recapture his childhood. And, people took advantage of that. He was, however, one of the greatest entertainers ever!

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31janeyblue(227 comments)posted 7 years ago

just bury him who cares?

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32janeyblue(227 comments)posted 7 years ago

is he still dead?

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33redvert(2239 comments)posted 7 years ago

Supposedly he was ~200 million in debt. If that is true, by the time the thrill wears off there will be 200 million spent by the faithful buying his records and all the memorabilia. Hopefully the people he owed money to will get paid before the family leeches get to the bundle.

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