Jackson, King of Pop, Has Died At The Age of 50
His Body Has Been Flown To
Los Angeles County Coroner's Office For An Autopsy
By Antonio Percy
June 26, 2009, Update
the House of Representatives
paused for a moment of silence Friday to mark entertainer Michael Jackson's
death. Lawmakers briefly interrupted a debate on a global warming bill to stand
in silence and honor the "King of Pop." Rep.
June 25, 2009, American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman Michael Joseph Jackson, King of Pop, has died to what appears to have been a cardiac arrest. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group.
Referred to as the "King of Pop" in subsequent years, five of his solo studio albums are among the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall 1979, Thriller 1982, Bad 1987, Dangerous 1991 and HIStory 1995.
In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and Thriller—credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced many hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.
One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time"—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sales of over 750 million albums worldwide. Cited as one of the world's most famous men, Jackson's highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades.
Michael Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center. Jermaine Jackson, brother, cautioned at a hospital press conference Thursday that the cause of his brothers death would not be known until an autopsy was performed. Jermaine Jackson further stated his brother personal doctor and paramedics tried to resuscitate him at his rented home in Holmby Hills. A team of doctors at UCLA Medical Center also tried for more than an hour.
Michael Jackson’s body was flown by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Air Rescue 5 to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.
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