From E! Online:
The crowns fit: Michael Jackson was the King of Pop; Elvis Presley was the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Both men commanded the pop-culture landscape, as much as the charts. Both men influenced their industry, as well as scores of artists.I was definitely shocked by this news. I had heard earlier in the day about the passing of Farrah Fawcett. While I was sad to hear that she had died, it wasn't a shock since I knew she was dying from cancer. The death of Michael Jackson came as a complete shock to me though. He's never been my favorite singer. There were other singers that I enjoyed much more when I was growing up. His Thriller and Bad albums still were albums that I listened to all the time back in the 80's when I was a teenager. Michael Jackson was an incredibly talented entertainer, even though criminal allegations, weird behavior & the like seemed to overshadow it all. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends & fans.
And both men died suddenly and barely into middle age.
Jackson, whose lifetime of hits sold more than 750 million albums worldwide, whose landmark Thriller broke records and racial divides, whose smooth moves revolutionized dance as much as pop, and whose penchant for headline-making helped burnish his brand, and, following child-abuse allegations, helped tarnish it as well, died today after being found unconscious at his Los Angeles-area home.
Jackson suffered a heart attack around noon, according to father Joe Jackson, and never recovered. He was prounced dead at 2:26 p.m., officials said.
Music's eternal Peter Pan was 50.
P.S. I did a post about the death of Farrah Fawcett at my Sugar & Spice blog if you would like to check it out and leave me some comments there. Thanks.