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Michael Jackson Pronounced Dead

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 25, 2009 at 6:11AM

Pop star Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, was pronounced dead after arriving at UCLA Medical Center in a coma. He was 50. I saw him perform at his peak at Anaheim stadium in the mid-80s. He will not be going on his planned comeback tour. Thriller is still one of my fave dance albums of all time. Here's the John Landis video, which was top-of-the-line at the time, along with the music videos for Billie Jean and Beat It. No, he was not like other guys.
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Pop star Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, was pronounced dead after arriving at UCLA Medical Center in a coma. He was 50. I saw him perform at his peak at Anaheim stadium in the mid-80s. He will not be going on his planned comeback tour. Thriller is still one of my fave dance albums of all time. Here's the John Landis video, which was top-of-the-line at the time, along with the music videos for Billie Jean and Beat It. No, he was not like other guys.

The old rule of thumb in journalism: celebrity deaths come in threes. So the first one was Ed McMahon, followed by Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson. The LAT posted a Jackson photo gallery.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.