Singer Michael Jackson (b.1958) died suddenly on June 25 following a coronary. Jackson began as a member of the Jackson 5 when he was a young child and became the best selling singer of the 1980s with his album Thriller, which included one of the first music videos to fully adopt special effects, as well as present a view of genre creatures. His film debut was as the Scarecrow in the film version of The Wiz. Jackson also touched the genre with his appearance and performance in Francis Ford Coppola’s short film Captain EO and a brief appearance in the film Men in Black II. Changes in his appearance, erratic behavior, lawsuits, and a brief marriage to Elvis Presley’s daughter among other things made Jackson fodder for the tabloids.
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