August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009
The Breaking Story
Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. Jackson had no pulse when paramedics arrived at the scene. They were unsuccessful in their attempts to revive him.
In the immediate aftermath following the announcement of Michael Jackson’s death — so many people rushed to the Internet for news updates and information that it practically stopped the entire World Wide Web in its tracks.
Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. – These were just a few of the scores of major web sites bombarded by a tidal wave of traffic. Most of these sites still worked, but the epic amount of traffic in numbers caused them all to move at a snail’s pace.
The last time the ‘net” had this kind of traffic was President Obama’s inauguration.
The sad irony of it all was that we also lost Farrah Fawcett earlier in the day and it has barely been 48 hours since we lost Ed McMahon. Farrah had been courageously struggling with cancer for some time and Ed had been in declining health for quite some time also. Both of them were icons of their time also, however the unexpectedness of Michael Jackson’s passing has overshadowed everything else. This is on such an international scope that the suddenness of it all and the world’s attention rivals the passing of Princess Diana, John Lennon & Elvis Presley.
Maybe now, Michael Joseph Jackson can finally get the stress relief and everlasting peace, comfort and solitude that he had been seeking for so long.