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Michael Jackson performs at the Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, Ca. during the halftime show, on January 31, 1993. (AP)
Michael Jackson performs at the Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, Ca. during the halftime show, on January 31, 1993. (AP)

Pop legend Michael Jackson died of heart failure yesterday. He was 50.
His mourning fans have gathered at his childhood home in Gary, Indiana, at his star on Hollywood Blvd., in Times Square, in Harlem — in Sydney, Bogota, online at Twitter — to air their shock and grief.
Millions of fans, earned over a forty-year career. From “I Want You Back” to “Beat It,” from “Thriller" to "Bad," he cranked out top hits with unparalleled style. Then he fell apart, haunted by demons we may never understand.
This hour, On Point: The life, music, and legacy of Michael Jackson.
You can join the conversation. Tell us what you think — here on this page, on Twitter, and on Facebook.Guests:

Joining us in our studio is Tim Riley, music critic, editor of the Riley Rock Index, and author of the books "Fever: How Rock Transformed Gender" and "Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary."

Joining us from New York is Anthony deCurtis, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and author of "In Other Words: Artists Talk About Life and Other Matters" (2005).

And from Los Angeles we're joined by Jean Rosenbluth, former music industry reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Billboard, now a professor at the University of Southern California Law School. She covered Michael Jackson as an entertainment reporter, and later attended Jackson's trial on child molestation charges.

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NPR's Neda Ulaby has this obituary and appreciation of Jackson at NPR.org.  NPR also offers a photo gallery and videos spanning the course of Jackson's music career.

This program aired on June 26, 2009.

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