Michael Jackson, a fellow Hoosier, grew up in Gary, Indiana, and from there went on to become the King of Pop. There was no one better on the stage than Michael in his prime. Even dance great Fred Astaire admired Michael: “Oh, God! That boy moves in a very exceptional way. That’s the greatest dancer of the century.”
Michael Jackson, the sensationally gifted child star who rose to become the "King of Pop" and the biggest celebrity in the world only to fall from his throne in a freakish series of scandals, died Thursday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. He was 50. [...]Michael Jackson was talented, troubled, eccentric, and generous. He was preparing for what was to be his greatest comeback. I know this ... it would have been a Thriller.
The circumstances of his death were not immediately clear. Jackson was not breathing when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to a call at his Los Angeles home about 12:30 p.m., Capt. Steve Ruda told the Los Angeles Times. The paramedics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told the newspaper.
Jackson's 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.
His 1982 album "Thriller" — which included the blockbuster hits "Beat It," "Billie Jean" and "Thriller" — remains the biggest-selling album of all time, with more than 26 million copies.
Rest in peace Michael.
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