It's surreal. He was one of those celebrities no one ever thought would "die"...at least no one ever entertained that fact. Not that people generally dwell on the idea of dying, whether it be about them or their loved ones, but to say that Michael Jackson is dead, is a really hard statement to make.
I grew up learning the Thriller dance and listening to his records on my Strawberry Shortcake record player. I still know the dance. I have countless songs of his on my iPod. There was something about him.
Michael Jackson shaped the music industry. Whether you liked his music or not, he was an undeniable force. He was the king of pop and I truly believe he will be for a long time to come.
No matter what went on in his personal life which was far from personal, no one can take away the fact that he was a living legend; an icon. He wrote songs that meant something. He sang and dance like no one does anymore. I'm deeply saddened that I will never be able to see this man perform live...one of the last pop stars that actually sings, for real, at his concerts.
There are a lot of "haters"...there are many that think he's probably burning in Hell right now...but the music world has fallen quite silent with this tragic loss.
The passing of this talented man will no doubt be a popular subject for months, years to come. Regardless of if you hated him, turned off his music when it came on...made fun of his face...or anything else...there is not one person that can say that Michael Jackson wasn't one of the strongest forces in music. Everything else aside, there is no other, nor will there ever be another Michael Jackson.
His legend will live on.
His memory will live on.
RIP Michael Jackson.......you are already missed.