The details are somewhat scarce and sure to be filled in to minute detail in the coming hours, but all that really matters is this sad fact: TMZ and LA Times report that Michael Jackson has died of cardiac arrest. He was 50. Holy shit. R.I.P.

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  1. woozefa  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0


    • Michael  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

      RIP. Get ready for the “glad he’s dead” posts. Sanctimonious hypocrisy: it’s so hot right now.

      • dusen  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

        Well I wouldn’t go as far to say I’m glad he’s dead, but to be honest, as shocking as this is, it seems strangely fitting that this is how he went out

        Can you really imagine a 70 year old Michael Jackson?

  2. You’re blowing my mind, Frank.

  3. Jakco, We will miss you?

  4. Evan  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Well fuckin’ shit. How about that? RIP

    Thriller will always be a classic…

  5. this is really sad. like I said, his music was a huge part of my childhood. I’ve learned the thriller dance on three separate occasions. RIP Michael. :-( oh boy today is crazy.

  6. Good riddance you overrated multi millionaire.

  7. maybe the beatles will finally get their publishing rights back

  8. orlemonde  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Dear Gabe,
    What were you doing when Michael Jackson died?
    A Fan

    Dear A Fan,
    I was watching the movie Jumper and twittering about it. Duh.

  9. seth  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    i think he left them to macaulay culkin.

  10. pteranodon  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    and the dandy warhols will cover blackbird?

  11. Raz  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Everyone is reporting this like it’s a big surprise, because they think that’s how they can be respectful. Well I’m not surprised. He’s looked like 90 pounds for years…ah, correction – the news just said 5’10″, 125lbs. They keep saying ‘frail’.

    He was probably addicted to painkillers after all those surgeries. Sounds eerily similar to all the pro-wrestlers who die in their 30′s and 40′s of exactly the same thing.

    He was a great pop artist. WAS. He hasn’t been relevant for over 15 years. Let’s all go play Off The Wall and Thriller and Bad, and remember the time, pun intended.

  12. usdoc  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    nice job spreading inaccurate information

    so typical of the idiocy in our society

  13. teea  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    A sad end to what must have been a very very strange life. “Ben” is one of my favorite songs of all time. Definitely underplayed. RIP.

  14. On a scale of 1 to 10–I’m 0 sad.

  15. Jamie  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    LA Times says he’s in a coma. TMZ is the only one saying he’s dead.

  16. faas  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    yeah. not dead. hold your horses stereogum. lay off the tmz.

  17. wacko  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    la times confirms he’s dead. he’s dead.

  18. Alex  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    TMZ is not a hard news source. Come on.

    • yeah, but they’re barely ever wrong about this sort of stuff. the mainstream media can’t report until they get confirmation from the hospital – federal privacy laws.

    • fuckmylife  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

      i dont wanna believe it either man…………

      ………….were gonna be just fine youll see

  19. I guess Jacko’s on his backo….

  20. Thairy's Chocolate Grab-bag  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    I wonder what Jarvis Cocker is doing right now.

  21. jarman  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    You come on. MJ is dead. It’s sad. Stop bickering over sources. (If you need another, here’s LA Times, who have reported his sad passing.)

  22. to to   |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    His death is noted in his Wiki entry. That was quick. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson

  23. Evan  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    thats what you get for fondling macaulay culkin

  24. Aaron  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    My god, you people are fucking awful.

    • wha?!?!?  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

      Why, did they molest you?

      MJ was a great performer/artist but that doesn’t trump the fact that he molested boys.

      • Aaron  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

        One of the last, greatest American icons that transcended personal issues.
        Show some respect for someone who accomplished more than you could ever dream of coming even close to.

  25. global associated news is reporting that it was a suicide – over 2 dozen sleeping pills. just sayin’.

  26. uno  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    P.Y.T. for the win forever!!! R.I.P.

  27. hok jok  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    What may fly as fast as the DEATH rumor is the HOAX rumor. Anyone want to start?

  28. A good time to be an entertainment journalist indeed. $$$$$$$$$

  29. TBE5K  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Jam on, Michael…

  30. ed  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    what’s the age that separates the people who are really affected by this, and the ones that do not care at all?

    30 i say?

  31. Marko  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    There goes the jobs of a lot of bad comedians.

  32. Jacko from the Grave  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Don’t let my death distract you all from the continuing crisis in Iran. US media I’m looking at you…

  33. Sad to see yo go so young Michael. May you rest in peace Michael. Thanks for the music and the memories.

    Music fans around the world have just lost an icon.

  34. dp  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Sad news whether or not he was “relevant” or not he released some pretty great music.

  35. dxy  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Well, I am sad. No one can deny him his talent. Come on… The Jacksons… Thriller, Bad…

    And Ed, I’m 24.

  36. So, at first I was upset. I was almost crying, because he meant more to my musical formation at childhood than anyone. I went for a drive. The radio stations were all doing tributes. One was playing “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’”.

    And I sung along. And I danced in my seat.

    And I realized he’s more alive than ever.

  37. Blu  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Well, we’re gonna hear about this from the media for a while.
    ‘Keep The Faith’ indeed!

  38. Alex  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    The most talented performer in the history of pop music. Show a little respect, folks.

  39. Lets leave these old hyped artists in the past. There is great new music made by bands like Dirty Projectors and The Smashing Pumpkins. Stop living in the past.

  40. Brad  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Mindblowingly unexpected.

    Mark Sanford has to be thrilled, though.

  41. sufdub  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    Michael Jackson died in the 80′s. This is just a formality.

  42. What happens to Blanket now?


    The Free Willy song was my first real exposure to music as an interest.

  43. Wonder if Conan will say anything.

  44. Roger Federer  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    ..a few people seem to be misinformed – Michael Jackson was acquitted of all sexual abuse allegations back in 2005.

    • So was OJ. Guess what–he’s a piece of shit as well.

    • what about the out of court settlement in 1993? how can so many people completely glaze over the POSSIBILITY that he was a child molester. there’s obviously more to a story than what a jury decries. i’m not celebrating MJ’s death by a long shot, but come on… he was not Princess Di or Mother Teresa no matter how many sweet tunes he wrote.

  45. I was talking about this with a friend, and i think we concluded that this is the first real “generational” death. You’re always hearing about people dying: Kurt Vonnegut, Farah Fawcett (who unfortunately passed away today as well), etc. But the fact is, as sad as all of these deaths are, they had not tapped into the same level of mass consciousness. My facebook statuses aren’t filled with RIP messages for Farah, for instance. MJ was oddly, some cultural touchstone for our youthful generation. Those of us (myself included) who were too young to remember him in his heyday, are just as visibly upset as those who weren’t.
    And while older generations may be just as affected, they’ve already experienced their share of prominent deaths. Michael Jackson was such a figure of legend in modern music that his death resonated with everyone, one way or another, and to the point that we can only now look back on our generation and say “Whoops! There it goes!”
    I’m doing an injustice to what should be like, Chuck Klosterman territory, but there you are.

  46. sufdub  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

    “this is the first real ‘generational’ death”

    kurt cobain

  47. Kurt Cobain was the first ‘generational’ suicide.. he was also a faggot for committing himself to such. What a coward..

    Seriously, MJ deserves respect, regardless of his personal life and problems. He was truly an icon.

    • atlanta  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

      I agree he deserves respect; I just hope (aw, hell who am I kidding) that people don’t go overboard canonizing him.

      No question his artistic legacy can’t be touched, but MAN, no 2 ways about it, this guy had some serious issues.

      Understatement of the night.

    • derek  |   Posted on Jun 25th, 2009 0

      I like how you use such hateful terms like “faggot” and then tell people to be respectful…look in the mirror!

    • Douche Detector  |   Posted on Jun 26th, 2009 0


  48. I guess i was speaking more towards Generation Y.

    Kurt Cobain’s death was more of a Gen X cultural touchpoint. Although they were both at their height of fame around the same time, their deaths obviously had a notable time discrepancy. I think (although i don’t know, not being much of a music listener at the age of 8) that they were on the same level of impact however, just for a different age bracket. Michael Jackson was just close enough to make him (key word) relevant to our musical/cultural appreciation. Kurt had (and has) the same relevance but because his death was so early on, it was kept tied to the generation that birthed him.
    But i’m not going to go all out on arguing the point. They were just thoughts.

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