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R.I.P. Michael Jackson

7 early 8 early I received an SMS from anti-Ringgit. It said "Michael Jackson died at 50. Cardiac arrest." I stopped and reread the SMS. Unbelievable. MJ. The King of Pop. Dead. At 50, such a young age! Why is it that people are dying young these days?

Later, when I read the NY Times website about this story, I found out that he is planning 50 comeback concerts in London. They were all sold out, btw. The first one is supposed to start July 8th but he postponed it to July 12th. At that time, there were concerns of his health - turned out to be true! I wonder if he pushed himself too hard during rehearsal or preparation for the concert. After all, he's well known to be a person who wants perfection on stage.

He was a great showmanship. I am glad I went to his concert in Stadium Merdeka. I still remember that it was expensive - but it was also an MJ concert.. and I just had to go. I went with AR and Julian. It totally blew me away! We joined the crowd in screaming his name like a crazed fan. But it was fun.. and a totally enthralling experience. Compared to MJ's concert, Mariah Carey's was shit. I think there's no one with as much stage presence as MJ. He will be missed.

R.I.P.

Edit: wow, I didn't realize the impact of his death:

Web slows after Jackson's death
Search giant Google confirmed to the BBC that when the news first broke it feared it was under attack.

Millions of people who Googled the star's name were greeted with an error page rather than a list of results.

It warned users "your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8120324.stm

Fans from Sydney to Bogota mourn Michael Jackson
SYDNEY (AP) — The news stunned nearly everyone, from the young man in Colombia who was named after the King of Pop, to Malaysians who named a soy drink for him, to a generation of people around the world who have tried to moonwalk.
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jCguZxNeqLl4R-fKr5ZuuyVYw54wD9927GC80

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