Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson, RIP

King of Pop Deat at 12

LOS ANGELES—Michael Jackson, a talented child performer known for his love of amusement park rides and his hobby of collecting exotic animals for his Neverland Ranch, died from sudden cardiac arrest Thursday at the age of 12. The prepubescent singer, who enjoyed playing dress-up and often referred to himself as "the King of Pop," was celebrated for his naïve exuberance and his generosity toward other children. "This is a terrible loss for music and for all of us," brother Jermaine Jackson said. "He had so much potential to blossom into a gracious and mature human being. As it is, the world will never know the genius Michael Jackson might have become had he grown up." The singer leaves behind a large body of hits, 25,000 unopened toys, and nearly $400 million of debt.
Too soon?

2 comments:

The Mad Swede said...

Not necessarily. On some level that obituary reads like the true obituary of the denizen of Neverland.

My own reflection is rather, beyond a certain sadness at the loss of a pop icon (that had admittedly already lost more than a little of its star shine), is that I can't get over the inherent irony in the whole situation:
Here was a man-child or child-man who spent a great deal of his life submitting to weird practices in order to prolong his time on Earth, and then he dies at a rather young age nevertheless (and not just in his childish way of living, but actual years on Earth).

That irony is hard to shake.

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