#200. King of Pop 'Michael Jackson' has gone.

Friday, June 26, 2009 by: PBC

No comics posts in any of my 3 blogs today, my favorite pop singer has gone.

Michael Jackson, 50 years old, died yesterday (June 25, 2009) in Los Angeles. Michael Jackson “King of Pop” was pronounced dead after being transported to a hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon. At 2:26 p.m. (Los Angeles local time) CNN reported they had confirmation that the Los Angeles Coroner had reported Michael Jackson’s dead.

One of the most talented superstars in the history of music who had shown top and bottom, several controversies; however fans never quit him. Talent is talent.

Martin Bandier, Chairman & CEO of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, said: "Michael was the kind of amazing talent that comes along once in a lifetime. He was an incredible recording artist, an insightful businessman, an unmatched performer, and a true icon. To all of us at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, he was also a trusted and passionate partner, who was very proud of our accomplishments. He will be dearly missed. We wish his children and entire family our deepest condolences."

Five of Jackson's solo albums – "Off the Wall," "Thriller," "Bad," "Dangerous" and "History," all with Epic Records, a Sony Music label – are among the top-sellers of all time. During his extraordinary career, he sold an estimated 750 million records worldwide, released 13 No.1 singles and became one of a handful of artists to be inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Jackson as the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time and "Thriller" as the Biggest Selling Album of All Time. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards and received the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award.

Michael Jackson started in the music business at the age of 11 with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5. In the early 1980s, he defined the art form of music video with such ground-breaking videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat It" and the epic "Thriller." Jackson's sound, style and dance moves inspired subsequent generations of pop, soul, R&B and hip-hop artists.

Read more details:

1. About his death: blog.newsweek.com
2. About him: en.wikipedia.org