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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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Work basically ground to a complete halt at my office when news of this started trickling out. The quest for "confirmation" started turning into an all-out arms race, with folks hitting every conceivable "reputable" news site, tuning into their Slingboxes at home...

I guess personally I'm not sure what to think. He was a genuine talent in his youth, but ended up going so, well, nuts, in his later years. He undoubtedly will live on as a legend on the same scale as Elvis Presley... Perhaps down to rumors that he faked his own death?