Michael Jackson died tonight. He was 50 years old and the cause of death is still uncertain.
I have very mixed feelings tonight. He was truly an icon of my youth and his music was a big part of my childhood memories. I remember listening to my Thriller LP over and over on the record player.
As a dad, I have other feelings. The allegations and accusations of his involvement in child abuse still lingers around his legacy. Although never found guilty in court, the fact that he’s paid off several families is enough of an admission of guilt that I find it hard to be sad tonight.
Maybe time will wipe away the sordid details of his legal woes and his music will ultimately be the thing that he’s remembered by. Tonight however, he’s remembered as a man with immense talent and immense problems.