R.I.P. Michael Jackson 1958-2009
Rest In Peace Michael Joseph Jackson, born in Gary, Indiana (August 29, 1958) and tragically passed in Los Angeles, California (June 25, 2009).
Details are currently vague, but what is known is that paramedics were called to his Beverley Hills home around midday Thursday after reports that Michael had stopped breathing. Two hours later, after many attempts to resuscitate him proved fruitless, Michael Jackson was pronounced dead at UCLA medical center. He was believed to have suffered cardiac arrest.
This is absolutely awful news. Some media outlets are choosing to focus on Michael’s controversial past, but one thing that is undeniable is what a musical legend Michael Jackson was. Michael Jackson and his music will be passed down to, and talked about to, your grandchildren’s grandchildren. From that eleven year old boy starting out with Jackson 5, to that 50 year old man about to embark on a huge run of shows at London’s O2 arena, he truly has been the King of Pop. If anything good can come of this upsetting news, I hope it is that the younger generations will now take the time to explore his back-catalogue and realise the genius of records like Off The Wall.
A legend has passed.