The King of Pop died today from cardiac arrest in Los Angeles, the L.A. Times and TMZ report. He was 50. Jackson was in the midst of preparing for a series of 50 sold-out shows in London’s O2 Arena and had the makings of a stirring career comeback.
Make whatever jokes you want, and lord knows I’ve made a few today at Jackson’s expense, but there’s no denying his musical legacy, cultural impact, or importance. In a manner of speaking — personal tragedies and life craziness aside — he is 100% bona fide.
Also? The first time he moonwalked performing “Billie Jean” at the Motown 25 celebration is still jawdropping today as it was back then.