Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson: Death of an Icon

BBC 2's Newsnight broke with an item that Michael Jackson had suffered cardiac arrest, but they did not confirm his death at close of programme. That confirmation came a little later on Sky News quoting LA Times:

Pop star Michael Jackson was pronounced dead by doctors this afternoon [Thursday 25 June 2009] after arriving at a hospital in a deep coma, city and law enforcement sources told The Times.

Pop star Michael Jackson was rushed to a hospital this afternoon by Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics.

Capt. Steve Ruda said paramedics responded to a call at Jackson's home around 12:26 p.m. He was not breathing when they arrived. The parademics performed CPR and took him to UCLA Medical Center, Ruda told The Times.

Following report from the Guardian:

Ashton Kutcher and wife Demi Moore have paid heartfelt tributes to Michael Jackson on their Twitter pages.

The Hollywood couple both posted tweets reacting to the tragic news soon after it broke.

Kutcher wrote: "RIP. Sending love and light to family and friend but especially his kids."

He added: "Plea to the press to respect his wishes of maintaining the anonymity of his children. I plea to the public to refuse to consume media that does not respect the anonymity of Michaels children."

Demi Moore wrote on Twitter: "I am greatly saddened for the loss of both Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. Especially for their children!"

While I believe Elvis Presley was the true 'king of pop' and I prefer the music of Prince, have to acknowledge the genius that was Michael Jackson. Will remember him for his famous moonwalk:

May his children be comforted greatly at this time.

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