I found it hard to sleep last night (Australian time) and I finally went to bed at 3.30am after hearing that Farrah Fawcett had lost her battle with cancer and I woke to hear that Jeff Goldblum was dead, after falling to his death in an accident in New Zealand. The internet had gone into a frenzied state and the good news is that Jeff Goldblum is not dead – reports are still coming through but it appears to have been a hoax.
What I wasn’t prepared for was to hear that Michael Jackson had died. Michael Jackson is probably the biggest superstar in history. He revolutionized music, dance, concerts and culture. He had a cult like following, was larger than life itself and was hunted incessantly in an attempt to convict him of pedophilia. After all of the interrogation and trials he was not convicted and should be remembered as an innocent man.
Today is a monumental day in world history in the same way that it was when the World lost Media Superstars like Princess Diana, John Lennon and Elvis Presley. Michael Jackson sold more music than anyone ever to have lived and has changed lives forever. He will always be a topic of conversation, there will always be speculation about various parts of his life and he will always remain the Superstar that he was – the Superstar that sold out 50 shows in London – which performer alive could command such a following?
I hope that people remember the performer that Michael Jackson was, continue to enjoy his amazing music and dance and realize that we have lost the greatest superstar ever to have lived. For those lucky enough to have seen him perform there will be everlasting memories and finally the witch hunt against him is over.
Thank you Michael Jackson for being the amazing performer you were and I’m thrilled I was lucky enough to have lived during your reign.
Read the Caribbean reaction of Michael Jackson’s death, by our Partner Jim Walberg.