Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009

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Michael Jackson

We lost two American icons yesterday: Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson.

Our knowledge that Farrah was losing her battle to cancer didn’t lessen the blow of the loss. We were still getting over the shock when we learned — a few hours later — that Michael Jackson died of cardiac arrest at 50. How can this be?

I was supposed to go to London for one of the concerts he was scheduled to perform there next month. I never had the pleasure of seeing him perform live and I was really looking forward to experiencing his comeback first hand. But now he’s gone.

The musical legacy he left behind is nothing short of extraordinary. From all his early ’70s hits with the Jackson 5 (“Ben”, “I’ll Be There”) to his dominance in the ’80s (the countless hits off of Thriller and Bad), he truly deserved the title of King of Pop.

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