King of Pop Michael Jackson Dies at Age 50

Michael Jackson, known as the King of Pop, died Thursday, June 25 from cardiac arrest at the age of 50.


Music legend Michael Jackson was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center this afternoon from his rented home in Holmby Hills, California after suffering a cardiac arrest. He was soon after pronounced dead.

The UCLA Newsroom released the following statement today:

The legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 2:26 p.m. it is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known.

His personal physician, who was with him at the time, attempted to resuscitate Jackson, as did paramedics who transported him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1:14 p.m., a team of doctors, including emergency physicians and cardiologists, attempted to resuscitate him for a period of more than one hour but were unsuccessful.

Michael Jackson’s music has touched many, including those of us here in the Phoenix area. As the world mourns this tragic loss, we would like to take a look back at the successes of this pop icon and remember him for the impact he had on music as we know it today.

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1969: The Jackson Five release their first hit single “Want You Back” and their debut album Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5


1970: The Jackson Five release three albums in one year – ABC, The Third Album and Jackson 5 Christmas Album


1971: Michael Jackson releases his first solo single “Got To Be There”


1972: Michael Jackson releases his debut album Got To Be There and his second album Ben


1979: Michael Jackson releases his album Off the Wall, which sells over nineteen million copies worldwide


1980: Michael Jackson wins a Grammy for Best Vocal Performance with “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough”


1982: Michael Jackson releases the album Thriller “Thriller” – which included the blockbuster hits “Beat It,” “Billie Jean” and “Thriller”. Thriller later becomes the best-selling album of all time, selling an estimated 50 million copies worldwide


1984: Michael Jackson gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


1987: Michael Jackson releases the album Bad which sells over eight million copies


1991: Michael Jackson releases the album Dangerous


1992: Michael Jackson forms the “Heal the World Foundation”


2001: Michael Jackson is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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  2. Michael made his mark and it is so true that money and fame destroys people not many people with all the money are happy. Look at John and Kate Pus 8 and now add two attorneys and what do we have? Being i the news and headlines destroy people and their dreams become destroyed. Only if there was a way to have money and be happy!

  3. Though not a fan of his music he did reshape the music industry for, if you think about it, 2 generations—with the Jackson Five in his early days and then more recently with his solo stuff. And even with all the other reports you have to remember 3 children lost their father and unfortunately the legal battles from here on out will more than likely get nasty and affect them.

  4. Unfortunately his true masterpiece (Earthsong) and his legacy, did not get much attention in this country, thank’s to Sony Entertainment, I’m sure.

  5. I am one of the 40 year fans that were there in Indiana, when the Jackson 5 played small venues. I love all the changes and evolvement of MJ. I still dance to his music. My auto CD player is packed with MJ CD’s. I ached when he was falsely persecuted. I want to thank the fans who were at the court houses supporting him. I am still stunned over his death. He was a sweet soul, humanitarian and one of the greatest performers we have seen.

    Michael J., I see you. I love you. I shall miss you till the day I die. RIP, Sweetie.

  6. Michael Jackson was a sick individuals who died lonely. He was nothing more than a child porn “FRICK” we all know it but are afraid to say it, right? I’m not going to lie, I do love his music, of course I do, I respect his intellects no doubt. But, the damage was done by him – just look at his face and the way he lived his life. I am proud of my dark skin and I love people of all color – but, I will never try to be what I’m not.

  7. Michael Jackson dying was a huge surprise for myself and my family, though in hindsight it was possibly not so shocking. The child abuse charges pressed upon him saw the beginning of his deterioration. As soon as he began to rely on prescription drugs to simply get by, that was the moment there definitely was no way back, IMO.

  8. RIP Michael
    Merricki I totally agree with u Michael is brilliant
    Michael may have changed his skin but he never changed his heart.

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