In the late afternoon hours , several media outlets began to confirm that pop music icon Michael Jackson has passed away. In the early afternoon paramedics responded to his residence in Los Angeles and found him not breathing in cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the hospital where he would later be pronounced dead. Michael Jackson was 50 years old.
Widely recognized as the “King of Pop,” Jackson could arguably be the most recognized person in the world, as he has been in the public eye for most of his whole life. Millions of people from around the world could identify with Michael Jackson, and his music has had an impact upon almost every living generation. From the 1960s when Jackson performed with his brothers as apart of the Jackson 5 to the 2000’s where he’d collaborate with the likes of R. Kelly and Ne-Yo, and then of course what he was primarily known for back to back to back albums in the late 70s through to the late 80s when albums of Off The Wall, Thiller, and Bad were release and music records all over were shatter, his music career would become the soundtrack to the world.
Later in his life Jackson would become known for his scandals and misfortune. His image was threatened by mysterious public appearances, plastic surgery, and criminal allegations. As much of a punchline he became to many he still had a fan-base around the world that could likely triple the base of any other entertainment act ever to grace a stage. Jackson transcended so much through his music, his dancing, his words, his acts that it would not be an understatement to say the world is a better place because of him. He preached of a change before Obama, he encompassed a musical legend to rival Elvis, he commanded more power than all of the Rat Pack, more recognizable than Tom Cruise, he meant so much to a lot of people.
Not for nothin’, but to say a person was the best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be in their particular activity of choice is saying a lot enough to make a person an icon of the present, a legend of the past and a dream of the future. Truly, the day when the pop music died.