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Popstar Michael Jackson dead at 50

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31552029...ainment-music/

Singer Michael Jackson dead at 50

Newspaper reports pop star wasn’t breathing when ambulance arrived

BREAKING NEWS

Michael Jackson has died at age 50 after being rushed to UCLA Medical Center, NBC News has confirmed.
Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda told the L.A. Times that Jackson was not breathing when paramedics arrived at his home and CPR was performed.
TMZ.com reported that he may have suffered cardiac arrest.
Jackson had been due to start a series of comeback concerts in London on July 13 running until March 2010. The singer, whose hits included “Thriller” and “Billie Jean,” had been rehearsing in the Los Angeles area for the past two months.
The shows for the 50 London concerts sold out within minutes of going on sale in March.
His lifetime record sales tally is believed to be around 750 million, which, added to the 13 Grammy Awards he received, makes him one of the most successful entertainers of all time.
He lived as a virtual recluse since his acquittal in 2005 on charges of child molestation.
There were concerns about Jackson’s health in recent years but the promoters of the London shows, AEG Live, said in March that Jackson had passed a 4-1/2 hour physical examination with independent doctors.
A life in music
Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children. Five Jackson boys — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael — first performed together at a talent show when Michael was 6. They walked off with first prize and went on to become a best-selling band, The Jackson Five, and then The Jackson 5.
Jackson made his first solo album in 1972, and released “Thriller” in 1982, which became a smash hit that yielded seven top-10 singles. The album sold 21 million copies in the United States and at least 27 million worldwide.
The next year, he unveiled his signature “moonwalk” dance move while performing “Billie Jean” during an NBC special.
In 1994, Jackson married Elvis Presley’s only child, Lisa Marie, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1996. Jackson married Debbie Rowe the same year and had two children, before splitting in 1999. The couple never lived together.
Jackson has three children named Prince Michael I, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II, known for his brief public appearance when his father held him over the railing of a hotel balcony, causing widespread criticism.
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we posted this story at the same time so I deleted mine so there would not be a double posting.

This was a shock. I knew he was acting strange for quite some time but did not know he was sick.
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without doubt one of the greatest performers of all time. amazingly talented man.

very sad for his family and fans. god rest his soul
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sorry for his family and children especially

i have always had a difficult time listening to his music since the allegations of child molestation
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What a sad life he lived and yet he brought such joy to so many people worldwide. I feel for all those touched by his passing!
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wow.....total shock....couldn't believe when I heard it....grew up with his music....had the litte sparkly glove and the cool thriller jacket (I KNOW I KNOW)....without getting into all the things he went through late in his life ...i think he was a good performer and musician.
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My prayers go out to his family and friends. I have always been a huge fan of his music, despite all of the controversy. He was SUCH an impact on music and our culture. That can not be denied! I was so shocked when I heard...
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It feels so surreal. I'm so sad and shocked. I can't stop crying. He was my first crush and he was such a tremendous talent. This is such a huge loss, another legend lost. There will never be another Elvis Presley and there will never be another Michael Jackson.
May he rest in peace. ):
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Just heard and I cant believe it. God bless you Michael Jackson, R.I.P!!!
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Thinking about the Christmas songs Michael Jackson and his brothers recorded in 1970 on the Jackson 5 Christmas Album:

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, The Christmas Song, Up on the Housetop, Frosty the Snowman, The Little Drummer Boy, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Christmas Won't Be the Same This Year, Give Love on Christmas Day, Someday at Christmas (the previous two songs written for the Jackson 5), I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.

Michael also recorded the solo song "Little Christmas Tree".
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