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    Michael Jackson was an American cultural icon, whose career began in the late '60s and ended after his untimely death in 2009. He was known as "The King of Pop, Rock, and Soul" during his lifetime, a title which continues to stand undisputed to this day.

    RIP, Moonwalker

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    Edited By Ryan  Staff

    And thus comes a (temporary, at least) end to nearly 30 years of Michael Jackson jokes. TMZ is reporting that Michael Jackson has died after suffering cardiac arrest earlier today. As weird and sordid as his life story became, Thriller will remain a significant piece of pop music perfection to me, and there's never been a hint of irony in my assertion that Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is one of my favorite games for the Sega Genesis, or any console. His impact on music and pop culture in general cannot be understated.


    UPDATE:
    TMZ, and by extention, myself may have jumped the gun on this one. I know this ain't exactly hardcore video-game news, but stay tuned for confirmation...
    UPDATE #2: OK, there's confirmation from the LA Times and CNN . That's gonna do it, folks.
    UPDATE #3: I'm not going to suggest that anyone ignore the fact that the past 15 years or so of MJ's life have been defined by controversy, inexplicable behavior, and some pretty damning testimonials about his potentially unsavory tastes, but arguing about it on the internet doesn't seem terribly productive. Instead, I hope we can all find common ground in the fact that there's no shortage of evidence that I'm an idiot.
     
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    #1  Edited By Ryan  Staff

    And thus comes a (temporary, at least) end to nearly 30 years of Michael Jackson jokes. TMZ is reporting that Michael Jackson has died after suffering cardiac arrest earlier today. As weird and sordid as his life story became, Thriller will remain a significant piece of pop music perfection to me, and there's never been a hint of irony in my assertion that Michael Jackson's Moonwalker is one of my favorite games for the Sega Genesis, or any console. His impact on music and pop culture in general cannot be understated.


    UPDATE:
    TMZ, and by extention, myself may have jumped the gun on this one. I know this ain't exactly hardcore video-game news, but stay tuned for confirmation...
    UPDATE #2: OK, there's confirmation from the LA Times and CNN . That's gonna do it, folks.
    UPDATE #3: I'm not going to suggest that anyone ignore the fact that the past 15 years or so of MJ's life have been defined by controversy, inexplicable behavior, and some pretty damning testimonials about his potentially unsavory tastes, but arguing about it on the internet doesn't seem terribly productive. Instead, I hope we can all find common ground in the fact that there's no shortage of evidence that I'm an idiot.
     
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    #2  Edited By MasturbatingBear

    holy crap

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    #3  Edited By spiffyXD

    I seriously don't believe it.

    Fuck TMZ.

    God, please don't let this be true.

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    #4  Edited By Stang

    On MSNBC they said he is in a coma, not dead. Seems TMZ jumped the gun.

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    #5  Edited By VWGTI

    Conflicting information right now.

    TMZ reported that he is dead.

    CNN said they confirmed that he is breathing, but in a coma.

    This is going to be crazy!

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    #6  Edited By vilhelmnielsen

    Wait, this is actually sad. May he rest in peace, even though he might have been a pedophile.

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    #7  Edited By Castro

    This is really bad if it's true, but I think it's bizarre that TMZ is the only website that is reporting his death. Ed McMahon was sad, Farrah Fawcett I wasn't too invested in, but Michael Jackson is(was?) awesome.

    It's not looking good either way.

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    #8  Edited By WreckinRodRumbler

    Oh my god, this is horrible.

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    #9  Edited By BinaryDragon

    oh wow..

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    #10  Edited By super_machine

    Wow end of an Era. We are truly in the future now.

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    #12  Edited By zombie2011

    He's not dead. At least not yet.

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    #13  Edited By Manatassi

    Man sad news. 


    @VilhelmNielsen Dude don't go there thats just not cool.
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    #14  Edited By TheGreatGuero

    I will always be a fan.

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    #15  Edited By Jinto

    I wish I could do away with people by throwing glitter at them. So awesome.

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    #16  Edited By DoctorTran

    Hrm. I think TMZ is just jumping the gun. Everything else I'm reading says he's just hospitalized. Kinda weird that this happened directly after Farrah Fawcett died.

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    #17  Edited By harrisonave

    Michael Jackson was a big part of my childhood... please tell me this was a mistake...

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    #18  Edited By ArchScabby

    TMZ is ignorant, they're just ignorant poopyheads.  Michal Jackson just wants to play! yay!

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    #19  Edited By grilledcheez

    Various sources are saying he's in a coma.

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    #20  Edited By weltal

    No supporting stories makes me think this is just TMZ getting it's shit wrong.

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    #21  Edited By Diamond

    Not dead yet.

    When he comes out of his coma he'll be better than ever before and go on to create 12 more hit singles and the 8 best selling albums of all time.

    There will also be 4 additional multiplatform games released, and 3 movies.  1 about the events of today alone.

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    there are sites saying he's dead and other sites saying he's in a coma and alive - I don't know who to believe.

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    #23  Edited By Driam

    Way to cite an unreliable source, Ryan. Especially when there are reliable ones out there with conflicting information.

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    #24  Edited By LobsterCrunk

    Sky news in Britain says he's dead - apparently when the paramedics found him he wasn't breathing.

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    #25  Edited By Crono

    Despite his strange lifestyle, he was an amazing performer.  It is too bad, especially so young, but I guess his title of King and his heart had on thing in common:  Pop.

    I hope that wasn't too soon.

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    #26  Edited By Rhaknar

    LA Times says hes dead

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    #27  Edited By RHCPfan24

    THIS STILL ISN'T CONFIRMED GAAHH!! NBC is saying coma right now!

    I really don't want him to die, even how strange he has become. The guy made some of the best songs of the 80s....let's hope this is not true.

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    #28  Edited By TheFreeMan

    Holy fuck, is he in a coma, is he dead, WHAT IS GOING ON!? Aside from that, I just want to take the time to say that Smooth Criminal is a badass song.

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    #29  Edited By metal_mills

    Reports are he's in a coma as well.

    People to bitch about him being a pedo: GTFO. I liked him for his amazing music not his personal life. Whatever he did or didn't do doesn't matter. Fact is he acted like a kid and enjoyed being around them. Hell, look at his house. Other than that we'll never know.

    EDIT: CONFIRMED DEAD. :(

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    #30  Edited By jimbo_n

    The impact this guy had on me, on music and on popculture is so huge I have no words right now to do him justice. Rest in peace M J

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    #31  Edited By KillaMaStA

    Twitter exploded right now...

    I hope its not true

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    #32  Edited By ahriman22

    Not in a coma and not dead, just in bad shape.

    IT'S AWRIGHT!

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    #33  Edited By yetiantics

    oh Ryan, you know better than to trust TMZ. lol

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    #34  Edited By Red

    I actually gasped.

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    #35  Edited By clubsandwich

    oh god, please tell me it's not true, please please pleaseeeeeeeeeee :'( please god don't let MJ die :( if he survives I won't masturbate for a yeeeeeearrrrrrrr but please don't kill the greates musician everrrrrrrrrr D: :(

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    #36  Edited By Lowbrow

    Dude that game looked awesome. Jackson is a bit OP imo.


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    #37  Edited By Milkman

    TMZ may have jumped the gun but the hospital is probably just waiting to announce his death until they can get security set up because god knows the paparazzi are going to be swarming.

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    #38  Edited By Stang

    LA times just reported he has died.

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    #39  Edited By TheKidNixon

    CNN on TV has just confirmed the coma. Not breathing.

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    #40  Edited By SolidEyeSystem

    CNN just reported that he is in a coma.

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    #41  Edited By grilledcheez

    LA Times changed their story said he died...this sucks.

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    #42  Edited By freakin

    He's dead, a lot of reputable sources including ABC, yes, AB fucking C.

    yes I'm being over dramatic about ABC.

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    #43  Edited By End_Boss
    @Manatassi said:
    " Man sad news. 

    @VilhelmNielsen Dude don't go there thats just not cool.
    "
    How is that "not cool"? If Mike Tyson died today, would you exonerate him of his crimes? Yes, it is unfortunate that Jackson has suffered cardiac arrest... That doesn't stop the alleged abuse of those children from being completely heinous.
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    #44  Edited By JJOR64

    Holy crap.  That's crazy.  It's all over the news right now.  This is so out of the blue.  I hope he makes it out.  :_(

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    #45  Edited By diminian

    I hear he's just in a Coma, dont worry, he cant die.

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    #46  Edited By Linkyshinks

    Fuckno!, I have four tickets for his upcoming 02 Arena gigs here in London!  FUCK!!!

    ..if this is true...









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    #47  Edited By sparky_buzzsaw

    Rest in peace, Michael Jackson, and God bless. 

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    #48  Edited By Stang
    @End_Boss said:
    " @Manatassi said:
    " Man sad news. 

    @VilhelmNielsen Dude don't go there thats just not cool.
    "
    How is that "not cool"? If Mike Tyson died today, would you exonerate him of his crimes? Yes, it is unfortunate that Jackson has suffered cardiac arrest... That doesn't stop the alleged abuse of those children from being completely heinous. "
    We will get flamed for stating conflicting opinions on Jackson, might as well keep it to ourselves.
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    #49  Edited By ImperiousRix

    Sweet Jesus.
    I'm hearing conflicting reports, but it's not looking good either way.
    Despite what he became later in life, Michael Jackson  and his music was and always will be a huge part of my childhood.

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    #50  Edited By Milkman
    @End_Boss said:
    " @Manatassi said:
    " Man sad news. 

    @VilhelmNielsen Dude don't go there thats just not cool.
    "
    How is that "not cool"? If Mike Tyson died today, would you exonerate him of his crimes? Yes, it is unfortunate that Jackson has suffered cardiac arrest... That doesn't stop the alleged abuse of those children from being completely heinous. "
    There is no proof and there was never any proof.

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