Michael Jackson dead at 50: Please share your memories
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<b>A REAL THRILLER -- This photo was taken when the King of Pop met the Reagans in 1984.  Can you get more '80s than that?</b>
A REAL THRILLER -- This photo was taken when the King of Pop met the Reagans in 1984. Can you get more '80s than that?
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Singer Michael Jackson, 50, whose dance music defined the 1980s, was found unconscious this afternoon and was rushed to a hospital in L.A. He was pronounced dead of a heart attack, news accounts confirmed Thursday evening. The story was broken by TMZ but later confirmed by the LA Times and NBC.

Jackson's music provided the soundtrack for a generation. He achieved early success as a member of the "Jackson 5" in the 1970s, but his personal life was fraught with problems, including having overcome abuse allegedly by his own father, he said. He also was literally never comfortable in his own skin, and was said to have had numerous plastic surgeries.

Because of his troubled youth, Jackson made it a point to help children and ran the "Neverland Ranch" to cheer up sick kids. However, in the 1990s, he faced his own charge of sexual abuse coming from a young boy who had stayed there. Jackson ended up settling out of court with the boy's family and was never brought to trial. He became more reclusive in ensuing years.

What do our local fans think? Did Jackson, the King of Pop, define your generation? Have any special memories? COMMENT BELOW!

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superbadd
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June 28, 2009
6.25.2009 became a day that real music died. Michael Jackson has tragically died. I am a child of the 80's, and if you were into music, you had to follow and dig Michael's music. Really, If you think about it, is there anything out there now that can hook you like Michael, Prince or Madonna now? Have there been any SUPERSTARS since? No. Do you see anything even worth it on the horizon? No. We just have to accept mediocrity. It is my opinion, but in reality, THE TRUTH. I have always been a Michael Jackson fan. No matter what. It was just a given. Loyal to the end. I bought every CD, often as soon as it was released. I taped all performances, or appearances on TV. always. I am glad I did. I even have MJ ringtones on my phone, eventhough many friends roll there eyes at the thought. His death really has not become reality for me yet. It really is like a part of my childhood has died too. I am sure his influence and and genius will last forever. This was the most famous, well known person ever. Bar-none. Known in every corner of the world. His loss effects the entire world. almost no one can believe it.

I believe he was a good person, who had to deal with the hardships of fame and its pitfalls. Here in the USA, the media, and portions of the public love to tear down anyone who has achieved something. Its seems to be the American way. Notice that he has not toured the USA in a great number of years. There is a reason. In comparison, Europe and other points in the world have been much more supportive. They are the real fans, with NO conditions. Now that he has died, America is having a love fest with Michael. It may be sincere, BUT its almost as if no one in America wanted to be associated with Michael until his death. That is hardly loyal. What, now that he has passed away, everyone can dig him again? Only in America.

Frankly, Michael Jackson was the biggest thing ever. Can anyone say otherwise? His impact is more widespread than Elvis or the Beatles. Its not a competition. Just my view. I will miss his presence in this world. Selfishly, I hate the fact that I will never be able to anticipate a new release, or an appearance somewhere in the world from the KING OF POP. Its all just the HIStory now.

The KING OF POP....there is none higher.

superbadd
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June 28, 2009
6.25.2009 became a day that real music died. Michael Jackson has tragically died. I am a child of the 80's, and

if you were into music, you had to follow and dig Michael's music. Really, If you think about it, is there

anything out there now that can hook you like Michael, Prince or Madonna now? Have there been any SUPERSTARS

since? No. Do you see anything even worth it on the horizon? No. We just have to accept mediocrity. It is my

opinion, but in reality, THE TRUTH. I have always been a Michael Jackson fan. No matter what. It was just a

given. Loyal to the end. I bought every CD, often as soon as it was released. I taped all performances, or

appearances on TV. always. I am glad I did. I even have MJ ringtones on my phone, eventhough many friends roll

there eyes at the thought. His death really has not become reality for me yet. It really is like a part of my

childhood has died too. I am sure his influence and and genius will last forever. This was the most famous, well

known person ever. Bar-none. Known in every corner of the world. His loss effects the entire world. almost no

one can believe it.

I believe he was a good person, who had to deal with the hardships of fame and its pitfalls. Here in the USA, the

media, and portions of the public love to tear down anyone who has achieved something. Its seems to be the

American way. Notice that he has not toured the USA in a great number of years. There is a reason. In

comparison, Europe and other points in the world have been much more supportive. They are the real fans, with NO

conditions. Now that he has died, America is having a love fest with Michael. It may be sincere, BUT its almost

as if no one in America wanted to be associated with Michael until his death. That is hardly loyal. What, now

that he has passed away, everyone can dig him again? Only in America.

Frankly, Michael Jackson was the biggest thing ever. Can anyone say otherwise? His impact is more widespread than

Elvis or the Beatles. Its not a competition. Just my view.

I will miss his presence in this world. Selfishly, I hate the fact that I will never be able to anticipate a new

release, or an appearance somewhere in the world from the KING OF POP. Its all just the HIStory now.

The KING OF POP....there is none higher.

JACKIEO
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June 28, 2009
I HAVE TO SAY THAT BILLIE JEAN IS MY FAVORITE and ben thats a great ballot..ITS SAD THAT HE DIED BUT IT WILL BE MORE SAD IF IT WASNT HIS APPOINTED TIME TO GO! MJ REST IN PEACE MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES AND MOST OF ALL THE CHILDREN..MJ YOU LEFT A TRUE LEGACY AROUND THIS WORLD. GOD BLESS
dfetterman
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June 26, 2009
Like Elvis, Michael became a shadow of his old selt. But also like Elvis, when he was on top, he was GREAT, and he will be remembered for being GREAT.
Andynboken
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June 26, 2009
"Thriller", then "I want you back". Ma Ma Se Ma Ma Sa Ma Ma Cu Sa.
GenXGirl
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June 26, 2009
I like "When Doves Cry." Ok, wait, that's not him. Seriously, I like "Smooth Criminal" (Annie are you OK, are you OK Annie)...and I guess for nostalgia reasons, Thriller.

If you count Jackson 5, then probably "ABC."

He really did ooze with talent.

He also wrote "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell, right?
Cubancutie
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June 26, 2009
Andynboken:

I would have to say “1985 We are the world”. That song just brings chills down my spine every time I hear it.

I cry thinking of all those needy kids out there every time I hear it. Retarded, but what can I say, I’m a sentimental gal.

Andynboken
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June 26, 2009
R.I.P MJ. You brought us some of the best music fo all time. Quick Poll, whats everyone's favorite song by MJ?
CDeVille
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June 26, 2009
I don't think anyone forgets that he was a freak, but he also had a hard life and cared about children. I don't think any of us really know him, but I can still appreciate his genius and his kindness. I think if he really molested that kid, we would have heard about it from other people too.
disco
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June 26, 2009
Do none of you remember what a freak this guy was. Sure he was a genius and made great music. But lets remember who we are dealing with and put his life in its proper perspective.

I for one will never forget the way he hung his baby out the window in Germany.
Cubancutie
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June 26, 2009
Well I must say, I’ve never been a #1 fan of MJ, however, there are some songs I do like hearing from him and putting aside all his past allegations etc. he was a true king of Pop just like Elvis Presley was and I think his music will always live on for centuries to come.

Listening to the radio now on station 103.5 and them playing all his songs just brings tears to my eyes. He was a good man and a loving father. My question is who is going to take the custody of the kids, Debbie, the Godfather of all three or the Jackson family??

My condolences to the Jackson family, he will truly be missed.

NewspaperFan
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June 26, 2009
farewell, michael.
GenXGirl
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June 25, 2009
I remember 1984 well, the year THRILLER came out. Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Van Halen pretty much defined 1984, along with Friday Night Videos and some of the fads like Rubik's Cube. I was in seventh grade. The early 1980s were a great time to be an adolescent, such a vibrant and colorful time.

Even though we may remember Michael for the pop culture aspect, I think we should also remember that he was a very talented composer, singer, and actor, and a very good person who cared so much about sick children. I will always remember Michael's music and miss him.

CM, New Jersey
Davit08
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June 25, 2009
it's been confirmed that he passed away..r.i.p. mj
ncl47
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June 25, 2009
This is very irresponsible reporting. The entire World has stopped because of this story and this website should not have said that he had died unless it was confirmed. Disgraceful.