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Jacko Video: 'This is the final curtain call'

Posted by andreaitis on June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson speaking in March 2009 about his planned summer tour.

“This is it,” he said.  “My final performances.”

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Here, in Diane Sawyer’s 1995 interview with Michael Jackson and then-wife Lisa Marie Presley, Jackson talks about his addiction to painkillers.   “I was never suicidal,” he said. “I love life too much to ever be suicidal.  I’m resilient. I have rhinoceros skin.  Never ever suicidal.”

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Even without his two-year marriage to Lisa Marie, the King of Pop’s  sudden death would surely bring comparisons to the other King, Elvis Presley.   It’s already started.

The crowns fit: Michael Jackson was the King of Pop; Elvis Presley was the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Both men commanded the pop-culture landscape, as much as the charts. Both men influenced their industry, as well as scores of artists.

And both men died unexpectedly and barely into middle age.

Michael Jackson, Pop’s Thrilling King, Dead at 50 – E! Online

It’s now only a matter of time before the conspiracy theories start, followed by the Jacko sightings.   The ‘Jacko Fakes His Death’ headlines can’t be far behind; there was enough controversy, drama and financial hardship even in his recent past.

Jackson, who earlier in the year was photographed at a Bahrain shopping mall disguised an Arab woman, moved back to California, living in a rented home near the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills.

In November, Jackson gave up the title to his 2,500-acre Neverland ranch, transferring the deed to a company he partly controls. Jackson had gone into default on the $24.5 million he owes on the property and had faced foreclosure before the real estate investment company Colony Capital bailed him out earlier this year by purchasing his loan.

Michael Jackson dies at 50 – USA Today

In the end, he leaves behind 3 children, a musical legacy, and a life that was perhaps more tragic than his death.  Can anyone imagine Michael Jackson as an old man?  His time had come.  No message could’ve been any clearer.

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