King of Pop Michael Jackson dies at the age of 50 from cardiac arrest

Michael Jackson

Yesterday, first broke the story that Michael Jackson had suffered from a cardiac arrest and had been rushed to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Later on, CNN confirmed that he died while en route to the hospital at 2:26 pm PST.

Though known primarily as the “King of Pop” for his numerous contributions to the world of R&B and pop music, Michael Jackson’s cinematic contributions are actually quite considerable. His first cinematic role was in The Wiz in 1978 as the Scarecrow and was warmly acclaimed for his performance.

He also worked with Francis Ford Coppola and Anjelica Houston on a 17-minute 3D short called Captain EO that was installed and played at Tomorrowland in Disneyland (1986–1997) and EPCOT at the Walt Disney World resort (1986-1994) hundreds of people several times a day, making it one of the most viewed movies in cinematic history.

I personally remember the most Michael Jackson’s work in his 1983 “Thriller” music video (which was helmed by An American Werewolf in Paris director John Landis) for its inclusion of classic movie horror star Vincent Price’s narration as one of Price’s last performances and the accompanying behind the scenes special they did that showcased the excellent special effects work of the legendary Rick Baker. In fact, most of his music videos played like little movies, and it was no surprise that he won numerous awards for them.

Jackson is survived by his three children.

Posted on June 26, 2009 at 05:18 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
In: News

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  1. Written by Alanna Lloyd
    on 2009-06-26 at 17:31

    Michael Jackson, you are truly my #1 idol of all time! I listen to your music everyday, and when I lost you, it was the least expected. I just want to wake up out of this nightmare. I will always love you forever and ever, and your music of course! R.I.P.

    ~Alanna Lloyd

  2. Written by bodydetoxdietgirl
    on 2009-06-26 at 20:30

    It is such a great loss that a man with great talent like Michael Jackson dies. RIP King of POP

  3. Written by rosiceli
    on 2009-06-27 at 20:38

    michael jackson was the best singer/dancer ever he was my fave singer/dancer in the world i am so sure that his family miss him a lot i give my prayers to him and his family R.I.P M.J we all love u god bless u =( i.l.u

  4. Written by myarthritispain58
    on 2009-06-28 at 19:04

    Michael Jackson is my favorite pop artist ever since i was a child. He is truly the King of Pop and i am saddened by this news.

  5. Written by fdghswjk
    on 2009-06-29 at 21:43

    he was#1 idol michael Jackson die but continue being my
    favorite idol
    r.i.p. king of pop dies

  6. Written by
    on 2009-06-30 at 08:32

    michael jackson is a very very talented person to the point that he rose as a pop icon. he would live forever in our history books and memories…

  7. Written by Melatonina Melatonine
    on 2009-07-04 at 03:12

    there would be no other King of Pop like Michael Jackson. he would always be the King.

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