Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Passes at 50: The World Mourns

Michael Jackson Passes

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, collapsed at his Bel Aire home around noon today. His staff members tried to give him aid, but he was unresponsive. They called 911 as a "person was not breathing,". Los Angeles Fire Capt. Steve Ruda, declined to ID the singer by name.

CPR was already in progress by someone at the home, by the time the ambulance arrived. The "person not breathing" was then transported to UCLA Medical Center. Michael Jackson's family gathered at the hospital.

"He had a heart attack," father Joe Jackson told reporters by phone from Las Vegas. "He is not OK."

He was pronounced gone this afternoon. The fire department of LA responded to the call. He was pronounced gone at age 50.

 Heart disease is the number one killer among African American males. I'm sure to the medical profession, this is no surprise that Michael Jackson, a Black American, would die from the number one killer. Hopefully the star's passing will bring about awareness to this issue. Equally, hopefully, the importance of getting plenty of Omega-3's in your diet to fight heart disease, at least 2 grams a day.

Michael Jackson remains famous for his best-selling albums, many of which remain the highest grossing of all time, including “Thriller” and “Bad.” He was also famous world-wide for his great humanitarian efforts. In fact, before his untimely passing Luciano Pavarotti and Michael Jackson were planning on doing a music industry wide humanitarian project to feed the hungry children around the world.

He was found completely innocent on all charges. In fact the jury was quite nonplused by the accuser, the mother of the alleged child victim. I don't think Michael Jackson ever recovered from the tremendous shame, embarrassment and heart ache over being accused twice of criminal charges. It would be the irony of ironies, that a man dedicated to healing, feeding and caring for children world wide, taming his shows down to be viewable by all audiences of all ages, would be accused of criminal charges.

Jackson was due to perform in a string of sold out concerts in Europe. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and sold over 750 million albums, which earned him 14 Grammy awards.

He is survived by son Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. and daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson from Deborah Jeanne Rowe, his wife until they divorced in 1999. He formerly married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the King of rock and roll, Elvis Presley.

[ credit E! News with interview of Father Joe Jackson ]

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