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We're bringing you a two hour edition of 360° tonight on the death of Michael Jackson. The pop music legend died this afternoon at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles after collapsing at his home and suffering cardiac arrest.
At the hospital fans quickly gathered outside. At one point Jackson's music could be heard from a fraternity house across the street. As the music played people were crying, many were in shock over the loss of the 'King of Pop'.
Tonight, we'll look at the life of Michael Jackson. There were the classic hits from the days of the "Jackson 5". Flashback to 1969. Their first Motown hit was "I Want You Back". There was no looking back. Years later, Jackson dominated the music scene as a solo artist. His debut solo album, "Off the Wall", sold over 7 million copies and had four top 10 singles. In 1982, "Thriller" was released. It's the wold's best-selling album of all-time, selling more than 100 million copies. Jackson won 13 Grammy Awards over the years and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
But in more recent years there were the accusations of child molestation. He denied the charges each time. Though, in 1993 he paid an unspecified amount to a 13-year-old old boy in an out of court settlement. Ten years later, another boy would accuse him of the same charges. That case went to trial in California. Jackson was found not guilty.
The trial and several unrelated lawsuits put a massive dent in Jackson's fortune. He was planning a comeback with 50 sold-out concerts in London that were to start next month.
Instead his family is now planning his funeral. And, questions remain: Why did Jackson die? An autopsy is expected to be performed tomorrow. And, what will his legacy be?
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