Michael Jackson Dead At 50

TMZ is or is not jumping the gun by announcing Michael Jackson (the pop singer, not Barry Diller’s #2) dead. We’ll wait for Us Weekly until we believe it. However: “paramedics responded to a call at Jackson’s home around 12:26 p.m. He was not breathing when they arrived.” Also: it’s a fairly safe bet for TMZ to say that, points out Awl friend Tom Scocca. After all, even if he becomes alive later, he certainly was dead. Update: It’s not as solid as their front page, but word inside the LA Times is that he is indeed dead. Also duly noted: “I will always remember this day as the day MJ killed AIM.” Update: The LAT says “Michael Jackson is in a coma.” This is a total meltdown of news organizations and the medium by which news spreads, which is to say, the Internet. Update: He is confirmed dead by sources other than TMZ. And you know what? Reactions varied!

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