Reports that Michael Jackson's 50-show comeback concert tour -- to pay his debts -- was under great strain due to ill health. Telegraph
says: "If you have shelled out for Michael Jackson’s comeback at the O2 next month, you have every right to be feeling a little bit nervous right now."
25 June, 5:20pm (Los Angeles time): TMZ.com
* reports Michael Jackson has died, having suffered a cardiac arrest and slipped into a coma before passing away.
A bit later:
While other media sources are still reporting he's in a coma, LA Times
says its sources also confirm MJ is dead.
Fake Stephen Conroy tweets: "I wonder what colour people will change their avatars to in support of Dead Michael Jackson?"
interviews concert reporter Kevin Jacobsen who promoted MJ's Bad Tour in Australia.
On 4BC Radio (Brisbane), Michael Beatty, currently of the RSPCA and a former journalist, reflects on his interview with Michael Jackson in 1973 or 1974.
About the same time: The Insider
publishes an "exclusive last photo" of Michael Jackson
: John August tweets
: "I propose some national pop culture agreement that lets us appropriately acknowledge dead celebs without canonization." This may be the sanest thing we hear for a while.
First Dog changes his phone greeting: "Welcome to Crikey, Michael Jackson died"
Triple J's Gabby Brown reports MJ's death -- then segues to a spruik for the station's Hottest 100 of All Time, saying perhaps MJ will appear on it. Brown encourages listeners to get their votes in for the competition.
commentator recalls MJ's child dangling moment.
About the same time: TechCrunch
reports that the web, Twitter especially, has been struggling under the weight of the news.
CNN plays Thriller
video. That puts the time between his death confirmation and playing his film clip about the undead at about 20 minutes.
A tale of four deaths:
Richard Wilkins, while chatting about MJ on Channel Nine's Today
show, reports that Jeff Goldlum has died filming in New Zealand. Crikey team screams collective: "What?" The story not appearing anywhere else. Agent later confirms he's OK. Phew.
Brad Richardson tweets "Richard Reid on Today
claimed that MJ was like 'Benjamin Button in reverse'"
show has mash-up of Jackson's life and music with Richard Wilkins voice-over. Crikey wondering how they edited it together so quickly when it finishes with this quote: "This man is a unique talent, we can't wait to see what he comes up with next". Oh dear.
Rev Al Sharpton giving press conference outside UCLA Hospital where Michael Jackson died.
show still saying Jeff Goldblum is dead -- having fallen off a cliff in New Zealand. Richard Wilkins calls it an "equal tragedy". Story still not confirmed anywhere else reputable.
Crikey notices Wonkette
headline: IT’S 9/11 + HALLOWEEN × INFINITY
. It has the tag: "he's out of my life". The blog also has
"A Children’s Treasury of Presidents Posing With Michael Jackson", noting that there's one person who's "very very happy" about the news -- Republican Governor Mark Sanford whose affair, the biggest scandal of yesterday, will now get buried.
Both 4BC and ABC612 in Brisbane have reported the death of Jeff Goldblum. Crikey not convinced.
About the same time:
ABC chats to New Zealand police who confirm Goldblum ... is not dead. Today show
starts back pedalling on Goldblum death reports.
Shortly after 10am:
"Michael Jackson died so that Turnbull might live" -- headline on Christian Kerr article in The Oz
Actor Kevin Spacey tweets: "Jeff Goldblum is alive and well. I just spoke to his manager. Stop these stupid rumors."
CBS, NBC and MTV planning MJ tribute programs for tonight, Entertainment Weekly
reports -- apparently NBC will combine American Legend: Michael Jackson
with its Farrah Fawcett tribute.
Crikey work experience kid Cameron sent off to Sanity music store to see whether they'd already moved Michael Jackson merch to the front of the store. The results of his investigation here
Richard Wilkins reveals photo of him and MJ on Today
* The time frame of this developing story is eerily similar to reporting of Heath Ledger's death
10:31am: The Onion
tweets: BREAKING: Last Piece Of Michael Jackson Dies
Melbourne readers say: trains still the most important story of the day.
10:39am: YouTube gets its MJ tribute up.