So reports the AP: AP Source: Michael Jackson dies in LA hospital.
UPDATE: Freaky that he would die on the same day as Farah Fawcett, two pop culture icons who rose to national (and international prominence) in the 1970s
UP-UPDATE: E! Online has more on the death of the King of Pop.
Jackson enjoyed a level of success that none have since equaled and few could even imagine. Perhaps the most gifted musical performer of all time, yet happiness seemed to elude him throughout his life. While we may have envied his success, it came at a terrible cost, a childhood without friends his own age, an adolescence entirely in the public eye and an adulthood lacking in both privacy and sustaining human companionship.