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Awaiting someone other than those ambulance chasers TMZ to confirm that it's true but apparently so.
oh wait, there's not a prize... :(
Thriller was awesome. I adored Bad when I was a kid. He was a fantastic pop star. His prime as an artist was more than twenty years ago. Eventually, I don't think he'll ever be seen as important as Elvis.
that michael jackson is still alive! its all a big conspiracy.
I really love the jackson 5
but i never thought he'd go that far to get out of it.
RIP Jacko. What a hero.
All kinds of wrong
someone told me Reuters have confirmed it
I'm not going to believe it until the BBC confirm it
TMZ is confirming it but BBC still saying unconfirmed. maybe i should delete this thread until it has been 100% confirmed http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7459669.stm
XXXX XXXXX one less paedo to worry about...
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"Literally TENS of people are flooding in their tributes"
EXACTLY the same thing. What sad fucks.
its really sad.its on of those where were you moments really isnt it?
thats what i was just thinking.im going to to have to tell my grandkids a different story
i saw it on twitter
then MSN, then BBC website, then BBC channel live, then DiS
then i phoned my mate to tell him.
cos this guy was up there with the greatest pop stars ever
thoughts with his young kids and family, although i'll be staying well away from the meeja for the next few days
absolutely no question
owned the late 70s and 80s
wow this is mega. that's weird. i never thought he would die, not sure why.
no the website silly
from news 24
i need to listen to these things more
Jackson In Hospital headline...conflicting news
I mean, seriously, if he died, if has died, I wouldn't really care either way. Not trying to offend anyone (although I undoubtedly will), but people die all the time... why the 'social event' magnification due to celebrity status?
would you care if they died?
You kind of expect people to take notice if people like that die.
He's a major, major figure in popular culture.
Up there with Elvis.
and loads of people loved his work. Plus, he was/is fucking talented. You'd be completely indifferent if a musician you liked died?
but I can't say I'd 'care'. If family, friends died, it'd be natural to care. But a distant celebrity or otherwise, who I don't know, it seems odd to me.
I mean no harm though, everyone carry on...
i absolutely loved mj when i was younger.i knew every word of bad and thriller.it was the first tape i owned aswell cant help but care really
official report is that he is dead
shit's gonna be real at Glastonbury....
Now it looks like I'm a Tweif.
"MICHAEL JACKSON IS DEAD... so report news website Tea Em Zed... or Zee or whatever."
"It's ok, it was only Jermaine!"
Would have been better at Tito
Maybe because he was that famous, and that weird a guy
but the idea of that fills me with unimaginable horror
pitchforkmediaStill waiting to confirm this, of course. Keep in mind, TMZ = rumor mill. CNN reporting cardiac arrest. Details to come. (ryan)
PICK IT UP
he didnt even pick it up. twat.
"i'm waiting by the phone"
"i'ma talk to the bbc"
CALL YOURSELF A FUCKING PSYCHIC, URI YOU DICK!?
"When was the last time you spoke to him?"
"I can't comment on that."
Probably cos he hasn't even seen him for about 3 years or something.
yes he is
"This is definitely a big thing to happen in Michael Jackson's career."
It's really odd though. I was at home last week and my stepdad was convincing me that he'd die before these shows but I wasn't having any of it.
But if he isn't dead, Uri doesn't give a shit.
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Stranger: omg michael jackson is dead
You: michael jackson is dead
that the guy on the bbc saying,
"we have to get to the heart of the story"
was in a little bit of bad taste
talking about his "die-hard fans" turning up too
King of Pop
This Is It!
tickets from £89
this woman <3
i'm gonna stay in this weekend and read a few books
He's hiding out in a small town, as Mr. Jefferson, OBVZ
I think i'm going to have to put it in a drawer or something
I'm a fan of risque humour but stuff about people dying is lost on me. It doesn't offend me, it's just poor.
Completely devoid of any sort of wit
"I killed Michael Jackson on Call Of Duty 4"
I don't even understand that one but it sounds nasty
'Michael Jackson Delays First London Concerts'
Might be in for a long wait on that one, folks.
I'm going to hell for that one.
I apologise profusely. The sad thing is, I actually do think this is a sad moment :( Poor Jacko
Beat It. Just Beat It.
id say tweeter is being raped
Are you OK? Are you OK, Michael?
They've got one of their younger girl correspondents on, being a total dick.
"It's been a big news day for us entertainment correspondents! Two deaths in a day! I had 6 tickets!"
And they still haven't confirmed it. Round the clock news-wise, they've been left behind.
The girl who does the BBC3 60 second news updates is so hot.
fuck sky news
would go to print without a stone source?
He was my musical Father Christmas. I'm gutted.
So grimly ironic considering those London dates.
The Wells death had me by the heartstrings as it was!
I wish this wasn't happening.
What a terrible day...
Damn thing sings at you every time you walk past it
I demand an explanation
Aw man, cannot belee dis yo.
someone make a "M.J R.I.P" group on facebook quick!!
"I'm glad that paedo is dead" group
"***** well he was a fan of going down young! haha".
I need to take a long look at my social circle......
I'm genuinely shocked that so many of my friends find it amusing.
What should it be blamed on?
poor little lonely you.
xxxxxx xxxxx dead or coma?? :(
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xxxxxx xxxxx at 11:31pm June 25
u get me im confused lol
xxxxx xxxxxxx at 11:35pm June 25
xxxxxx xxxxx at 11:32pm June 25
Dead my lovely x x x
I really wouldn't be suprised
at the moment no one knows whats going on
i would think his family will be told frist before the public if it`s true or not.
this is going to go down as a "JFK moment"
They're all coming out the stripey tent to be lead by their bleached pied piper.
i'm more upset about sky saxon popping his clogs today but still.
About someone like Jacko? Imagine the legal liability. DUH.
But someone at TMZ might've decided it was a reasonable risk to take, considering there was a decent chance that their declaring him dead might turn out to be correct, with obvious benefits for them. I'd never heard of TMZ before tonight, and I imagine plenty of people watching/following the BBC/Sky hadn't of them either, now they most definitely do. The internet traffic being generated by twitter alone must be phenomenal.
"How the f*ck does some shitty gossip website know things before anyone else? They're now quoting a cardiologist, how does that work?"
this website has connections within the hospital
moooooooooooooon piiiiiiiiiiiiiig (8)
HE'S MEANT TO BE REPORTING ON HARRY POTTER ONLY!
and grinning like a loon :D
I'm the same way. I snorted uncontrollably at yes_'s "cheers" up there a minute ago.
You sick bastard.
I think moonwolfs original post was one of the funniest i've ever seen on here.
No, that's perfectly reasonable.
and expect to hear a hastily rehearsed version of something off thriller.
I know he's been in a deteriorating since forever, but you really don't expect these things to happen.
but this really...sucks
apparantly trevor nelson is in tears on air on 1extra...tune in folks
not a joke. that recent best of's going to go fucking mental in the charts now
Robbie Ranx is on at the moment, according to Freeview.
"Trevor Nelson is breaking down over the news, live on air in the 1Xtra studios next to me!"
such apt lyrics.
he was found NOT GUILTY by a jury. so that's pretty much all the proof i need really. law and order and all that
"You've Been Hit By - You've Been Struck By - An as of yet unspecified issue that resulted in cardiac arrest."
it is a twattish thing to do really
How will everyone know how much you DON'T CARE about someone dying unless you go out of your way to TELL them??
then claimed not to care
and even if you have your suspicions, maybe now's not the best time to be expressing them?
Swells interviews Michael Jackson!
Can't say I'm particularly shocked, don't know why. I'm looking forward to the tabloids making their usual u-turns and ignoring all 'whacko jacko' comments they may have made in the past.
"when Michael Jackson dies we're covering Blackbird"
I hope so.
he doesn't sound sad at all. just tired.
nice one :D
before someone accuses me of INSENSITIVITY
If anyone can translate that, I'd be almost interested...
mj tried to fool God into thinking he was white, God's just realised. Maybe?
to leave Paul the rest in his will.
is a line from the Jackson Five.
MAY BE JUST SLEEPING
keep it on the "down low"
"I hear this is is also the number one story in Japan"
"People talk for 20 seconds about Paul McCartney then change the subject because Paul McCartney we perceive to be normal"
GET THIS GUY OFF THE PHONE!
GOD BLESS GAMBA
"Micheal Jackson was taller than Dermot O'Leary"
"There will be tributes."
I'm gonna be so mad
Deserves more credit, some fine work there.
when an extraneous, non-official member of a hype band confirm it for me.
you know it's serious when they get the legends on
but the upcoming dates lend an extra sinister weight to proceedings
They just suddenly cut Thriller at the end cos it's the guy going HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA. Cue about 8 seconds of dead air.
"Can't medical science do SOMETHING?"
"I give up! If UCLA can't bring Michael Jackson back to life, what will entertainers-on-a-budget do when WE get the cardiac arrest?"
I hope to be an entertainer-on-a-budget one day and, I'll be honest, I'm a little scared. Guess I'll have to cut back on the heroin & hookers sooner than I expected :(
why did Michael Jackson hold his baby out the window?
To punish him for not eating his bowl of cum.
from eating a nine year old wiener."
I'll hope to see more from you in the future
Let's just quote some Twitter feeds. I like twitter but for fucks sake.
Have they poured out their condolences yet? Perhaps one or both of them could give his relatives a quick ring just to make sure they're ok.
Other people I want to hear opinions from:
Sasha from Galaxy FM
I've just realised this will be on Jeremy friggin' Vine tomorrow! Anyone know any safe ways of making yourself temporarily deaf, preferably for about 8 hours?
MAN CHILD! ARE YOU CALLING ME A MAN CHILD?!?!
Can't we remember him as young and black?
1) @caitlinmoran God bless The Times. My colleague has RUSSEL GRANT"s reaction: "Well, the moon is in Virgo - it's a tricky time."
2) @olibeale I blame it on the boogie
3) @serafinowicz MJ will honour his London dates, but as the Thriller zombie...
"When you were hanging out with Jackson, did you ever feel uncomfortable? Did he ever do anything odd? Did he ever fuck a kid?" I think he wants to be the new Paxman.
"HE PEELED ME A BANANA!"
it's irrelevant when separated from his pop songs
is far too weird
'YOU MUST HAVE THIS'
the funeral is going to be huge
Half of it comes from Twitter, the rest is people who briefly knew him decades ago.
could it be more to do with you being 18 and not knowing jackshit?
its been done for ages, just not on this scale
words hurt, you know, pigfoot? :(
he's over reacting. There is very little information and this is a story so big that nobody viewing wants to hear anything else - so they're filling time with bullshit. 24 hour news innit. Don't take it too seriously.
Interview any cunt who is standing around, twiddling their thumbs, because it's too soon to go chasing down the family for quotes.
OK, I'll admit maybe my "civilization is doomed!" was a little OTT, but I always find with celebrities' death in the modern age the idea of reporting a story goes out of the window in favor of...bullshit, I guess.
Example: CNN is talking to the coroner who'll investigate his death = GOOD. BBC talking to someone out of White Lies before quoting John fuckin' Mayer's Twitter feed = pointless.
Oh, and I'm 19, I should change that...
Instead of establishing the actual content of the story, the news channels are just dredging up every little bit of crap they can and it turns the whole thing into a bizarre spectacle where both sides - that is the news and the audience - are feeding each other an endless loop of scarily related crap to almost hilarious respect.
Given the part the media plays in society, its a little worrying they can't even cover a - arguably - trivial story without turning into what its become only hours after the event.
If that makes sense.
how is this civilisation ending?
i realise im taking this a bit srsly, but god damn if your post wasnt stupid
pointless my hole, people want to hear it, the stations report it.
hardly civilisation ending, issit?
Michael Jackson has died, here's what we know, here's a few people's reactions.
Instead the actual content - however bare - of the story was buried behind the media's blatant attempts to be all edgy and new by going to Twitter and whatever else. That isn't a problem per se, but tonight that type of banality actually buried the content. When I switched on the news, all I got was that he was dead, for the other scarce information available (he was in LA, it was a heart attack, etc.) I had to serach it out because BBC 24 was too busy interviewing fucking White Lies.
My bigger - and somewhat OTT - point was that the news channels can't get this type of story right, how can they possible with a bigger, more important issue in a responsible way?
Now, that isn't a new thought at all, but its very apparent tonight.
Guardian, Times and The Daily Mail are all reporting factually. At the moment. I abhor the Mail's politics but their journalist's reporting of events at this kind of time is often second to none. Bastards.
XXXX MY MUM IS SUCH SHOCK SHE SAID HOW CAN HE DIE HE HAS A CONCERT TO PERFORM......RIP MJ
"XXXX thinks Michael Jackson was a prick ... definitely a prick!
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XXXX at 1:28am June 26
qué es un prick? xD"
can the bbc not just get over the fact that people who go to glastonbury will also listen to mj
I LIKE GUITARS NOT POP- I AM COOL
Mine was the inappropriately jaunty 'Virginia Plain' by Roxy Music.
Very Big Train...
late at night in england when it's thursday of Glasto, how many celebs will be asked in 10 years "where were you when you found out MJ had died" and will respond with "i was off my tits being interviews by the BBC"
Plus I wonder how many times we will be subjected to the baby over the balcony clip...
"he'd become an odd looking middle aged man who's pastimes included ballon fights and climbing trees"
was a good idea?
if there's one person's twitter i am concerned with...
"WE THOUGHT HE'D BEAT THE ODDS! WE THOUGHT WE'D SEE HIM MOONWALK AGAIN".
And in the bad sense.
xxxxx who cares about the plastic perv? Hes dead. GOOD. Everybody get a grip and fuck off with the statuses. Goodbye. HAHAHA
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might stop promising Jackson 5 reunions now.
could probably get on TV if they 'released a statement' at this point
was the contribution of uri gellar.
i cannot comment on that.
then storms the hospital to lift Jackson's body aloft to worship it.
I could imagine it happening too. It's pretty disgusting. Remember that time when some dude in King Tuts talked to you about Michael Jackson? That was not me. I would never do such a thing.
wearing sequined hotpants. I'm gonna have the night terrors now.
I don't remember that time, though. Probably struck it from my memory. THANKS FOR REMINDING ME.
"Jajabee-joja"ing too. I wish they would just read out the Z-List celebrity statements instead of showing pictures of the ambulance leaving his house. Sickos!
Jackos gonna come out in his Thriller outfit and do a makeshift gig to promote the new tour, you heard it here first.
and triumphantly roars: "CHAMONE!"
A bit tasteless flashing up a picture of an old paper clipping of Jackson lying as if he's in rigor mortis with WACKO JACKO above it.
Wonder how long it will take before 'in other news' kicks in?
no more expenses row then.
for the next two weeks
fastest growing thread in DiStory? Deservedly so mind.
this time last night about 60-70 online.
"Everyday create your DIStory"
He'll be doing the rounds on daytime TV and cashing in on all the "Michael Jackson: The Life" documentaries. Dick.
NEWS ALERT Michael Jackson has died while I was masturbating to a 1970's Farrah Fawcett poster.
the coverage is also truly amazing. It's the first big "internet age" death really. BBC news seems to be doing a hell of lot of twitter nonsense.
Glad when I went to Berlin I saw the balcony where he held his kid over.
then remembered it's right in front of the Brandenberg Gate.
only interested in the balcony. I think I was on a tour at the time and it was actually more of a focus than the other quite important things nearby.
when you think about quite how much of a massive amazing freak he was. What current equivalent is there in terms of sheer charisma? Hard to see where the next one is coming from. And talent and stuff obviously.
sky saxon from the seeds died today aswell
and Swells, WHO ENDED HIS FINAL EVER ARTICLE WITH A JACKSON FIVE LYRIC!
great band. so many losses in one day!
Or am I just really drunk/
"what a colourful life he's had!"
James McMahon on BBC News! What a night!
you know what I mean...
..'cause they'll be the only people in the world maybe who have no idea Jackos dead.
oooo imagin eviction nights, you just know the first thing Davinas gonna say is "ah yeah, Michael jackson is dead"
I wouldnt be surprised if big brother producers are seriously considering telling the house right now.
From what I recall, they didn't even tell the housemates about the 7/7 attacks.
Whats the difference between Alex Ferguson and Michael Jackson?
Alex Ferguson will be playing Giggs in August.
because he liked to come in a little behind
Imagin the reaction if Thom Yorke had died god forbid.
I was actually like most people a MJ fan, so yeah, will stop being a dick about all this, maybe its a coping mechanism.
michael jackson is on all the mtvs
they probably wouldn't still be broadcasting without him.
"So like I finally gave MJ a listen after his death was announced. And what do you know? Shit sucks. Deleting this bullcrap off my ipod right now. Fuck you MJ for making such shitty music that "critics" (AKA cocksuckers) praised so much with retarded reviews and excessive spending. Oh and he's a white African-Americanit's hilarious lololololol"
His profile shows two MJ scrobbles. What. A. Twat.
i thought you were talking about our douchebag
XXXX XXXXX i think the doctors should dangle him out the window
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i knew this would happen.
well... in my fevered dreams we have.
They were James (9) and Timothy (11)
Young guy and great entertainer (albeit not recently). Must be difficult being THAT famous since from such a young age.
Still, i won't be losing sleep over it. Condolences to the family and all that, but i don't understand why fans sit in tears for days over this.
even though Michael Jackson was the first concert i ever went to and i used to adore him during the 80's i really feel nothing over his death.
for whatever reason, he connected and 'spoke to' an absolutely hardcore massive fanbase, certainly more than any other popstar. I got taken to one of his concerts when I was younger and I've never witnessed such absolute hysterical devotion before or since. It was really interesting to watch.
bit of a shocker
I think I'm gonna listen to Off The Wall in tribute
Right this very minute at the offices of AEG:
"Right guys - just floating an idea, have any of you seen the film weekend at Bernies?"
has my MJ autograph gone up in value?
Reports of MJ having a heart attack are incorrect - he was in the children's ward having a stroke.
Even though he began a tragic weirdo, he soundtracked my childhood (not a euphemism) and his first three solo records still sound amazing.
Clipse's Malice: 1983 Malice Christmas List... A White Suit and a Tiger
Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite: You bought the Elephant Man's bones and sent a statue of yourself round the world. RIP you amazingly talented loonball.
..and M.I.A. again comes across as a complete idiot:
M.I.A.: MICHAEL JACKSON the first 2 english words i eva spoke . the future sucx!
And for his fans.
But otherwise I'm completely unbothered by this news. Never really liked what he did and actually didn't like the person he was when interviewed.
[generic RIP Jacko comment]
Sammy at 00:40 on 26 June
U got kids simon he was a peado!
Simone at 00:43 on 26 June
i think that now he is dead (rip), it will b a case of we will never know wat really happened...whether he was or wasnt, there is bound to b alot more 'reports' in the nxt few months.
Simon at 00:45 on 26 June
You don't know that for sure sammy, its never been a proven thing, I think he had a lot of mental issues to be fair as he always acted like a child and never had grown up plus also hence the reason i put about his sad demise and that i would remember for the good music and production videos/stage shows he produce in his golden period.
Emma at 00:49 on 26 June
yeah sammy he who is without sin cast the first stone. U can't follow the sheep just cos the shepherd tells u to! think for urself. He may or may not have been but as simon said, there is no truth in it. Still a legend tho :P
Sammy at 00:52 on 26 June
N my thoughts r my thoughts emma n thats wat i believe. wud u leave ur kids with him
Emma at 00:57 on 26 June
ur entitled to ur own opinion sammy, which it obviously is - an opinion. U can't make a generalisation about someone if its not the whole truth, thats all im saying. But unfortunately, a lot of people will believe anything before getting all the facts. Its called being naiive
Sammy at 00:58 on 26 June
so ur obviously nieve!
Emma at 01:03 on 26 June
how am i naiive? i dnt believe it either way cos i DON'T KNOW THE TRUTH. God, where were you when brains and ears were handed out...
Simon at 01:06 on 26 June
This could go on all night......... Can I ask that we sort this out with a spot of naked mud wrestling???? NO oh ok carry on then................ ;-)
Emma at 01:07 on 26 June
haha trust simon to lighten the situation hehe :P
Sammy at 01:10 on 26 June
Fuck of emma u dnt no me u mug.
Emma at 01:14 on 26 June
and u dnt knw me either so dont presume im naiive and i wnt presume ur just plain stupid. Though at the moment, ur fighting a losing battle there love.
an umlaut compromise.
but it was followed by: "Fuck of emma u dnt no me u mug."
as if it was a possibility.
messageboard this morning. I replied that I wouldn't let any adult male I've never met look after my fictitious children.
I mean, I don't KNOW these people who are going any more than I KNEW Jacko. But they should probably die, too.
sorts of funny.
Something doesn't add up here.
Glad this all makes sense.
Glad we got this sorted out.
who were saying, no its too soon, bad joke etc etc, people like wrightylew who seem to jump between making puerile jokes and deciding when other people should as and when it suits them. As for Stealthy's comments, yeah I thought they were out of order given it was the final article written by a dying man. Glad you felt the need to jump in here though Theo, not like you at all is it ?
rather than implying that somehow poking fun at the writings of Swells is a problem.
that Stealthy really wasn't being funny, just snide. It was a cheap shot.
Jackson was 'massively talented boy-man' - Paul McCartney
That was pretty interesting. Everyone in the pub was sat there stunned staring at the telly. Communal shock is great.
He just went to meet Elvis for a beer.
say he was dying from skin cancer a few weeks ago?
and no matter what people say he was made entirely from corn cobs
That organised all those dates doesn't get rich out of this, but I suspect it's too late for that.
23,500 seats x (at least) 44 nights x ticket prices of between £55 + £80 (so lets say £65) = £67,210,000 in someones account right now, earning a whole heap of interest for over 4 months already.
Wonder how much of that Jacko saw before he died...
'Dont let your son go down on me' b/w 'I'm forever blowing bubbles'
On a serious note. First twenty years of his career he was awesome!
but had a very odd conversation with one of my colleagues about how much his O2 gigs were insured for. I just kind of nodded and went 'uh-huh' but I didn't have a clue what she was on about for about 5 minutes.
just listen back to his back catalogue and respect what he left us all with.
are there any decent video's of the flash mob at liverpool street? they all seem to be taken by people right at the back and cant see any proper moonwalking
what you said
I was also on DiS when I found out about this. Pretty depressing.
according to a post of mine way up in this thread i phoned one of my mates to tell him what happened. i'd completely forgotten that!
he touched a lot of kids
pretty good taste in music in the end. we're super