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.
RIP. Get ready for the “glad he’s dead” posts. Sanctimonious hypocrisy: it’s so hot right now.
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?
You’re blowing my mind, Frank.
Jakco, We will miss you?
Well fuckin’ shit. How about that? RIP
Thriller will always be a classic…
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.
Good riddance you overrated multi millionaire.
You’re a fucking monster.
I have no sympathy for child molesters who managed to avoid jail time because of their money and fame.
What a way to cover your expenditures.
No, I’m the fucking monster
Come here little boy. Want some Jesus Juice?
and on the eighth post, there was a douche….
I’m guessing you’ve released a better album than Thriller?
being a child molester makes him looks so overrated? don’ make sense to me
Its nice to know that envious talentless hacks can make comments on musical forces like michael jackson. Just remember that what comes around goes around
maybe the beatles will finally get their publishing rights back
You mean the Beatle?
I lol’d. But yeah, I was thinking the same thing. :| He had no purpose in buying the publishing rights to those songs.
Keith Olbermann said that MJ is giving McCartney 50% of the rights to the Beatles catalog with the other half going to Sony.
What were you doing when Michael Jackson died?
Dear A Fan,
I was watching the movie Jumper and twittering about it. Duh.
I knew someone would bring that up. I like Shaq’s coping tactic tho.
3:05: “is it true about michael”
3:06: “This is the cavs new hot cheerleader,wow smokin. @THE_REAL_SHAQ http://twitpic.com/67l1u – new Cavaliers’ Girl! Ain’t she peerrty?
i think he left them to macaulay culkin.
and the dandy warhols will cover blackbird?
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.
nice job spreading inaccurate information
so typical of the idiocy in our society
Nice job being an idiot. So typical of the idiots in our society.
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.
that’s the one about the rat, right?
On a scale of 1 to 10–I’m 0 sad.
LA Times says he’s in a coma. TMZ is the only one saying he’s dead.
yeah. not dead. hold your horses stereogum. lay off the tmz.
Washington Post is posting it too, using TMZ as a source.
la times confirms he’s dead. he’s dead.
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.
i dont wanna believe it either man…………
………….were gonna be just fine youll see
I guess Jacko’s on his backo….
I wonder what Jarvis Cocker is doing right now.
I was thinking the same thing. It will be interesting to hear if Prince has anything to say either.
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.)
His death is noted in his Wiki entry. That was quick. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson
thats what you get for fondling macaulay culkin
My god, you people are fucking awful.
Why, did they molest you?
MJ was a great performer/artist but that doesn’t trump the fact that he molested boys.
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.
global associated news is reporting that it was a suicide – over 2 dozen sleeping pills. just sayin’.
P.Y.T. for the win forever!!! R.I.P.
Really Important Pedophile?
What may fly as fast as the DEATH rumor is the HOAX rumor. Anyone want to start?
A good time to be an entertainment journalist indeed. $$$$$$$$$
Jam on, Michael…
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?
I don’t know, I’m 25 and Thriller was an absolutely central part of my childhood cultural experience.
i’m 32 and i’m more afffected than i thought. my wife is 25 and she seems to remember mostly the later and dubious years.
I’m 17, and I remember being obsessed with the video for Beat It when I was 5.
There goes the jobs of a lot of bad comedians.
Don’t let my death distract you all from the continuing crisis in Iran. US media I’m looking at you…
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.
I read a great quote on the NY Times website. “For a generation, the greatest moonwalk had nothing to do with NASA.”
Sad news whether or not he was “relevant” or not he released some pretty great music.
Well, I am sad. No one can deny him his talent. Come on… The Jacksons… Thriller, Bad…
And Ed, I’m 24.
oh, I wanted to say Jackson 5
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.
You obviously have to be very insecure about yourself to anonymously attack someone else for making a sincere comment while labeling yourself “Not Gay”.
I think he was being funny.
You’re gay, too.
Well, we’re gonna hear about this from the media for a while.
‘Keep The Faith’ indeed!
The most talented performer in the history of pop music. Show a little respect, folks.
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.
lol at the Smashing Pumpkins being a “new”, “hyped” band. You better be trollin’ son.
Mark Sanford has to be thrilled, though.
Michael Jackson died in the 80′s. This is just a formality.
What happens to Blanket now?
The Free Willy song was my first real exposure to music as an interest.
Wonder if Conan will say anything.
I wonder what Dave will say about Farrah Fawcett.
..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.
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.
“this is the first real ‘generational’ death”
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.
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.
I like how you use such hateful terms like “faggot” and then tell people to be respectful…look in the mirror!
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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