Jun. 26th, 2009

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As with everything else, everyone's heard of this before me.

After all my classes are done for the day, I check my phone and have this email from Andrew: "Michael Jackson's dead." I was speechless. Apparently it was on the news in the morning, Niwata-sensei said, just a couple of seconds before the caster moved on to some news about Aso Taro. Is that all we can spare for someone, as fucked up as got in his later years, is the icon of a generation (or two)?

I only got to know of Michael Jackson around the time of his Dangerous album, which you could say was the last good work of his career. He ever really did anything phenomenal after that, but I great up listening to his music. Everyone my age (and older) knows the King. Off the Wall, Thriller, Bad are legendary. He's sold (and still selling?) an estimated 750 million records with 13 number 1 singles. He's won 13 Grammys. He's been an entertainer as long as I've been alive. He invented the Moonwalk. He's influenced countless musicians and dancers across the world. I bet you Ohno is pretty upset by the news. It's such a shame that he's going to be remembered as much for his scandals--the boys, the Ranch, the baby-dangling--as he will for his music and career. He was only 50.

I haven't been able to find much coverage on his passing but there are some statements from the executives at Sony on his website on what a wonderful person he was. The cause of death is unknown, but it's presumed to be cardiac arrest. They were scheduled to perform an autopsy today. And just before he was supposed to perform fifty sold-out concerts in London starting next month.

Rest In Peace
Michael Jackson
August 28, 1958 - June 25, 2009

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