As the nation was hearing news of the expected passing of actress Farrah Fawcett, word began to spread that Michael Jackson had been hospitalized for suspected cardiac arrest. Soon after, it was confirmed that he too had died.
Fawcett, 62, had recently gone through a very public battle with cancer, and had faced the disease with grace and courage. She was the much loved beauty best known for her role in the hit ‘70s TV show Charlie’s Angels.
Jackson’s death at 50 was more shocking, leaving his fans and friends devastated, and the media scrambling to piece together the story of his legendary life and career. As a child star and member of the Jackson 5, Michael eventually broke out on his own and rose to worldwide superstardom. Famous for astounding dance skills as well as groundbreaking music, he invented the moonwalk and became known as the “King of Pop.” He also paved the way for many black musicians. However, the latter decade of his life was marred by scandal, speculation, and courtroom drama. An autopsy is scheduled for today.