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Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009

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It has been confirmed in the last few hours that the king of pop, Michael Jackson, has passed away.  The cause of death is said to be cardiac arrest. Family and friends are flying into Los Angeles to pay respects.

Michael was born in Gary, Indiana in 1958, the youngest of ten children who survived birth.

The original Jackson Five

The original Jackson Five

He started performing aged just 11 as part of the original formatted boy band, the Jackson 5.  By 1969 the family, managed by their father, Joe, had cut a record deal.  They went from strength to strength, pushed by Joe, who was an incredibly hard task master.  In later years the Jacksons would talk openly of violence and abuse at their father’s hands.

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But in 1979 Michael had his first solo album, and ‘Off the Wall’ was soon riding high in the charts.  He started to develop ground-breaking choreography and perfected his stage presence and innovated the new wave of MTV videos.  But what he did best was sing beautiful songs in the most tremendous falsetto voice, the likes of which have not been heard before or since.

His appearance started to alter dramatically with a rapidly whitening skin and extensive rhinoplasty to the nose.

Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s he broke record sales of his albums, Dangerous and Bad.  Michael had become a music phenomenon.  But behind the scenes Michael had developed strange and unhealthy behaviour.

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As far back as the early 80s he had developed an affinity with children, at first commendable.  But the problem was that somewhere the boundry of acceptable behaviour became blurred and inevitably the first child abuse scandal broke in 1993.

The family of Jordan Chandler chose to settle out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Meanwhile Michael’s star continued to shine.  He endulged his extravagant behaviour and bought the Neverland ranch, complete with it’s own cinema, zoo and funfair.

He married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of another musical icon, in 1993.  They had known each other since 1971 and were old sweethearts.  She married him when he was at his lowest ebb and nursed him through his traumatic patch.

Slowly things got better for Michael and he embarked on the HIStory world tour.  ‘You are not Alone’ and ‘Earth Song’ both reached number one in the Gallup charts.

In 1997 ‘Blood on the Dance Floor’ also made it to number one, as part of a new album ‘HIStory remixed.’

But the child sex abuse rumours resurfaced and in 2002 he was again questioned by police.  A well publicised court case followed which  ran a fine tooth comb through his unusual life.  Eventually the court found Michael not guilty on all counts.

To his last  day he did not fit the character profile of a paedophile.  In the company of children he regressed to the mind and personality of a ten year old, according to psychologists who watched him interact.  Did this oscillate between childhood and a fully grown male sexuality?  The answer will never be known.

As well as his singing career Michael became the owner of various song rights, including the Beatles back catalogue.  He also bought out Famous Music LLC, the label that contracted Eminem and Shakira among many others.

He gave charity concerts for the families of the victims of 9/11, and the families of Kosovo.

In spite of success huge legal bills and years of extravagance had left him massively in debt.  Neverland was foreclosed  in 2007.  Early in 2009 some of Michael’s antique possessions were put up for auction.

But Michael was planning his comeback.  He announced he would be playing no less than 50 dates at London’s O2 Arena.  The first ten dates alone would have netted him £50 Million.

Sadly it was not to be.  Michael’s health had been in decline for weeks.  Telephoto pictures of him wrapped in blankets in a wheelchair made their way into the tabloid press.  And in the early hours of this morning the stories were confirmed, he had died of Cardiac Arrest on the way to a Los Angeles medical centre.

He will remain the most prominent performing legends of our generation and one of the biggest selling artists of all time.

Michael Jackson 1958 – 2009.

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Written by Nick Gilmartin

June 26, 2009 at 7:00 am

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    WrollaPor

    February 11, 2010 at 7:39 am

  2. Wow thank you very much

    Nick Gilmartin

    February 11, 2010 at 11:46 am


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