Like millions of other girls in 1982, I had a poster of Michael Jackson hanging on my bedroom wall. It’s hard to believe that the handsome young man in that white suit is the same man who ended up in the infamous mug shot.
Love him or hate him, he was extremely gifted and obviously very disturbed.
Michael Jackson, whose quintessentially American tale of celebrity and excess took him from musical boy wonder to global pop superstar to sad figure haunted by lawsuits and failed plastic surgery, was pronounced dead Thursday afternoon at U.C.L.A. Medical Center after arriving in a coma, according to a city official. He was just 50 years old, 39 of which he spent in the public eye he loved.