Michael Jackson, one of the most talented and eccentric performers in pop history, died of apparent cardiac arrest at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles at 2:26 p.m. PT today, June 25th. According to reports, he collapsed in his Los Angeles-area 首页 and paramedics arriving on the scene found the superstar with no pulse; he was immediately rushed to the hospital. Although confusion about his status lingered (a spokesman for Sony Music, Jackson's one-time home, 说 he was just hearing "rumors" at 3:20 p.m. PT), Jackson was reportedly in a coma, and his death was confirmed just before 3:30 p.m. PT.
Jackson's health, which has been the 来源 of speculation for nearly two decades, had recently returned to the headlines. 下一个 month, Jackson was set to start a series of 50 sold-out concerts at London's O2 arena, but the singer postponed the first four shows of the "This Is It!" run in May and had reportedly not shown up for some rehearsals.
Over the course of a career that started 40 years ago, with the Jackson 5's first hit, 1969's "I Want 你 Back," Jackson was a towering and constantly enigmatic presence in pop 音乐 — a giant on the level of Presley, Sinatra and Dylan. He set an almost impossibly high standard in pop 音乐 on numerous levels: as a record maker (the silky funk and R&B on albums like Thriller and Off the Wall), dancer (his Moonwalk remains one of the most imitated steps), fashion 图标 (sequined gloves), video auteur (lavish clips for "Beat It" and "Thriller") and record seller (1982's Thriller was the Number One selling album of all time until it was recently deposed 由 the Eagles' Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975). His 唱歌 and 音乐 took in gospel, hard rock, funk, and middle-of-the-road balladry, and his vision of himself as an all-around entertainer propelled him to heights rarely seen in pop history.
At the same time Jackson's career was riddled with 《丑闻》 (a 2005 trial on charges of child abuse allegations, during which he was found not guilty), ego (he demanded that 音乐电视 refer to him as "King of Pop") and bizarre publicity stunts (buying the remains of the 象, 大象 Man). He reached an out-of-court settlement with at least one other child-abuse case, for $25 million, which contributed to the other dominating news about him over the last decade: his shaky finances. At various times he was on the verge of losing his Neverland Ranch. He retained an aura both of childlike wonder and canny business instincts (buying the Beatles' song catalog in the '80s).
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