Aug. 29, 1958 - June. 25, 2009
Yesterday was my mum's birthday. But at the same time, it was also a very tragic day for everyone. The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died at a young age of 50 due to cardiac arrest in his home in Los Angeles.
I heard about this from the news on the radio and I couldn't believe my ears! It felt so surreal as he was like, doing fine all this while. This news will leave girls all around the world crying and mourning his loss. I'm sure that his family, especially his brothers and little sister, Janet, will be heart-broken.
Michael Jackson was said to rank alongside Elvis Presley and the Beatles as the biggest pop sensation of all time. He was born into a family of singers. At a young age of 4, he started singing with his brothers in a group called, the Jackson 5. They sang timeless classics and the one which I loved the most was I'll Be There. His little sister, Janet Jackson, followed his brother's footsteps and became a star that shined on her own.
Michael Jackson was known for his dance moves, like the Moonwalk, and songs like, "Thriller", "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Black and White", " Heal the World" and also "You Are Not Alone", "Man in the Mirror" that dazzled the billboards at that time. His 1982 album, "Thriller" is the best-selling album of all time, with an estimated 50 million copies sold world wide.
Not only his songs and dance moves became an influence to people around the world, he even became a fashion icon. His red-leather jacket which was seen on the music video of Thriller had made everyone wanting to own a leather jacket like him. He was commonly seen in jackets sewed with glittering gemstones and sunshades. Also, he was often seen in a white t-shirt, which was always "flying", and glossy leather shoes which was ideal for his dance moves.
He married Lisa Marie Presley, the late Elvis Presley's only daughter. But they were divorced in 1996 after two years of marriage.
Jackson caused a furor in 2002 when he playfully dangled his infant son, Prince Michael II, over a hotel balcony in Berlin while a throng of fans watched from below.
In 2005, he was cleared of charges he molested a 13-year-old cancer survivor at Neverland in 2003. He had been accused of plying the boy with alcohol and groping him, and of engaging in strange and inappropriate behavior with other children.
I was not a huge fan of his but I respected him for making such a change to the music industry. Also, I do not know whether the rumors are true, but he was still a man of many talent.
The world had again lost a true musician after the death of Elvis Presley.
He bid us goodbye too soon and he will be deeply missed.
To the King of Pop, may your soul rest in peace... =(