Of course he was beyond weird, and I will always believe there was something to the accusations, but he was also clearly the greatest artist of his generation. I was a huge fan of him in the '80s, at the Thriller period particularly.
Michael Jackson, the show-stopping singer whose best-selling albums -- including 'Off the Wall,' 'Thriller' and 'Bad' -- and electrifying stage presence made him one of the most popular artists of all time, died Thursday, CNN has confirmed.
He was 50.
He collapsed at his residence in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, California, about noon Pacific time, suffering cardiac arrest, according to brother Randy Jackson. He died at UCLA Medical Center."