Michael Jackson has died unexpectedly at the age of 50.
While the circumstances of his death were initially shrouded in mystery – early reports had him in a coma after a cardiac arrest early on Thursday afternoon, he was rushed to the UCLA Medical Centre in Los Angeles where he was eventually pronounced dead.
Though best known for his music – including such best-selling albums as Thriller, Off The Wall and Bad, Jackson was a mysterious, misunderstood figure, particularly later in life.
But he was also fascinated by the art of making movies, and launched a career in cinema with
Among his other film moments were experimental Disney movie
, music-based epic
(below) and a small cameo in
Men In Black II
as self-parodying “Agent M”.
His final performance was in little-seen spoof
Miss Castaway And The Island Girls
, though his music can be heard through dozens of movies.
But our favourite Jackson On Film moment has to be the John Landis-directed, 14-minute, zombie-influenced promo for his 1982 song Thriller.
Despite recent personal troubles, he had planned a series of comeback concerts in London next month.
Born in Indiana in 1958, Michael Joseph Jackson is survived by his parents, his eight siblings and three children.