TMZ is reporting that Michael Jackson has died at 50 from cardiac arrest. His father Joe Jackson initially spoke to TMZ today and said he was not doing well. New reports are still coming in, however, so this is a breaking news still in progress. Again, at this second, TMZ is the only source going on record..other news outlets are saying “coma”.
I had been doing a lot of thinking about Michael Jackson lately, about his legacy, his work, and him still being around in 2009 but being a Howard Hughes-type recluse. And how he’s pretty much a laughing stock in the U.S.
The criminal and civil trials, in addition to his eccentricities (germ phobia, plastic surgery, baby endangerment, eunuch, lawsuits, record label suits, etc.) and divorce really took away from his legend.
But he was a legend no matter what happened in later years.
From being a kid star to being a 1980′s freakin’ undisputed King of Pop, to making millions and millions until his death…
I’ve defended Jackson in the past because I don’t think he ever had a chance to grow up. I didn’t think he was a child molester, I just think he was a Peter Pan-type.
There’s really no amount of tribute I could give him here, I’m sure for the next week you’re going to be overexposed to every aspect of Michael Jackson’s legacy, music, and life anyway.
He is an international household name, bigger than Santa Claus, and larger than life.