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I'm not given to reporting on celebrity deaths, but, that's what TMZ is saying: "Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We're told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back." Other sites haven't yet confirmed his demise, only that he was found not breathing - and that's not a survivable condition for more than a few minutes at best.

*sigh* A great talent, and responsible for some truly classic music videos, notably Thriller, and one of the first, and still amongst the best, uses of morphing, in Black Or White.

Edit: confirmation now appears to be in progress, eg: MSNBC, USA Today, CBS.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A great shock as he was such an icon from my childhood.
Indeed. There are many celebrities - now, as always - many of them quite ephemeral; stars are far fewer. Still, for every great talent that passes away, there's another yet to come to the fore.