Thursday, June 25, 2009

Pop Legend Michael Jackson Dies Aged 50

Forever, Michael album coverImage via Wikipedia

Michael Jackson was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital this afternoon, reports weren't immediately clear but it's now been confirmed, sadly that after suffering a cardiac arrest the singer was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital. The artist has passed away at the age of 50, one of the biggest pop icons of all time and whatever the perception of his personal life the world has lost a talented star!

Gossip website TMZ.COM originally broke the story but many people I feel refused to believe and wanted confirmation from a credible source. When the LA Times began claiming that Michael Jackson was in a coma, there was a lot of confusion but then came the confirmation as the LA Times updated to report that the singer had died.

Michael Jackson had been due to play 50 sell-out shows at London's O2 Arena starting in July. We had purchased tickets to attend what the artist announced earlier in the year would be his last UK shows. Sadly they will no longer take place, I'm shocked by this development as are many of the people I interact with online. When this story first broke Twitter couldn't handle the surge of updates flooding through the service. Friendfeed also become inundated with tributes and messages and my entire Facebook newsfeed consists solely of messages about the singer. Rest in peace Michael Jackson, you touched many people, you were the last of the classic popstars and your music will live on forever.

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