When Heath Ledger died there was a sorrow and surprise, that was only tainted by the thoughts of suicide, and actions taken out of person self-loathing.
Yet, it was in the spirit of this sorrow, and respect that Heath Ledger's death intrigued America as they wanted to remember the life of this 29 year old actor.
Michael Jackson's death today, at the age of 50 was met with a different response. The life of "the king of Pop" is filled with so many unique side-stories, like his lack of childhood with the Jackson 5, his rise to fame, his family, Diana Ross, and enough random tidbits to fill up biographies, television specials, tabloids, and art collections.
So when I was at work and news came out, there was instantly mixed feelings of "who cares," saddness, and intrigue, and even happiness with a air of "Jackson deserved to die."
I imagine the next days will be filled with tributes, bitter griping of the attention given to Jackson, and many magazine covers, news specials, and video clips.
With that, I present the first 5 thoughts that come into my mind when I think of Michael Jackson...perhaps you will share your first thoughts as well.
1. Michael Jackson's 1993 Superbowl Performance - It Doesn't Matter if You're Black or White
3. Michael Jackson's alleged inappropriate relations at the Neverland Ranch
4. The images of Michael Jackson hold "Blanket" over the ledge to paparazzi
5. ABC by the Jackson 5
What are your first thoughts when you think of Michael Jackson?