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Michael Jackson, Dead At 50

By Wyatt Earp | June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson

I am so trying not to snark about this.

It does appear that the old adage about celebrities dying in threes came true this week. First Ed McMahon, then Farrah Fawcett, and now Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson, the show-stopping singer whose best-selling albums — including “Off the Wall,” “Thriller” and “Bad” — and electrifying stage presence made him one of the most popular artists of all time, died Thursday, CNN has confirmed.

He was 50.

The missus called me upstairs a few minutes ago and said, “Wyatt, Michael Jackson died!” She was watching E! when I came up, Ryan Seacrest actually said, “He touched so many people.”

I had to stifle a giggle. It’s okay, though: I already know I am going to Hell.

He collapsed at his residence in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, California, about noon Pacific time, suffering cardiac arrest, according to brother Randy Jackson. He died at UCLA Medical Center. (H/TCNN)

I’m sure an autopsy will be performed, and the official cause of death will be released eventually. Despite some of his more despicable actions, Michael Jackson was a truly talented performer.

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14 Responses to “Michael Jackson, Dead At 50”

  1. RT Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    There might be some truth to the rumors about his pill problems.

    While I didn’t understand him as an adult and didn’t care for his music post-Off the Wall, he was very talented.

    I loved the Jackson 5 when I was little.

  2. Jeffro Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    Jeff Goldbloom died in a sixty foot fall in New Zealand today. That’s three today.

  3. Crankipants Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Goldblum’s death is a ghoulish hoax:

  4. Old NFO Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Jackson had MANY problems… His music was good (for a time), and that is probably the ONLY thing that kept him out of prison…

  5. bob (either orr) Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Jackson’s post “Thriller” career wasn’t much to write home about. But up to and including “Thriller”, he had few peers as a performer. And the backing bands were right tight and together.
    Can’t say he’ll be all that missed because for the last 20 years, he hasn’t done nothin’, as Stevie Wonder would have said. Hell, even Mick Jagger and the perpetually strung out Keith Richards have cut a few good tunes into their 50s.

  6. Ambulance Driver Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Rumor has it that little boys’ pants will be flown at half-mast tomorrow in his memory…

    Yeah, I went there.

  7. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I watched a you tube video of him performing “I Want You Back” as a kid in Jackson 5 last night. He was amazing.

  8. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 7:36 am

    Mr. Crankipants will miss adding new words to his vocabulary, his favorite being “Jesus Juice”.

  9. MeToo Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    I just keep wondering how maladjusted those 3 kids must be after living in a freak show their whole lives. Seeing all the pics with them with faces covered and then there is “blanket”. Geez, who wants to go through life being known as part of a layette?

  10. MUD Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Do drugs and die. What more need to be said. MUD

  11. Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I am an old metalhead, so jackson’s music sucked. as far as I am concerned. Unless Al Yankovic was making fun of it.
    But suddenly, it’s the end of the world. The self-proclaimed “king of pop” is gone.
    One would do better to remember Ed McMahon, Marine, an individual with true character and substance.
    No tears for anyone but Ed in the current triple header of “stars” who have gone on to whatever reward they held to themselves.

  12. Doghouse Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 11:17 am

    Saw on CNN today a report that said MJ’s autopsy will reveal abuse that makes Anna Nicole look tame.

    Oh, and with his death, Farrah is officially swept under the rug, just like Groucho Marx was when he died the same day as Elvis.

  13. Mike47 Says:
    June 26th, 2009 at 11:44 am

    We have breaking news… this just in: The autopsy has been completed, and Michael Jackson is STILL dead! We will bring you details as soon as we have them.

  14. Glenn Cassel AMH1(AW) USN RET Says:
    June 27th, 2009 at 9:03 am

    Just to toss it out My Dad Michael H.Cassel, SGT, USA,
    died on Veterans/Armistice/Remembrance Day of 1991 from colon and liver cancer. He was 59. He held the Bronze Star and was a Veteran of Korea and the Quemoy Crisis. Additionally, he was in Vietnam before The United States was “in” Vietnam. He was a telephone lineman, electronics shop teacher
    He had his right leg amputated in January of 1979 after a series of botched operations at the VA hospital in Albuquerque, NM.
    I’m not saying he was perfect, far from it. Dad had a lifelong battle with Old John Barleycorn. It may have been a result of seeing his buddies being killed.
    But far better men than Michael Jackson have passed on without any media hype and recognition. The most recent was Ed McMahon, Col. USMC Reserve, Retired.
    Kind of makes one wonder,what in hell have we turned into?