global: r.i.p. michael jackson

for his legions of fans, he was the peter pan of pop music: the little boy who refused to grow up. but on the verge of another attempted comeback, he is suddenly gone, this time for good. michael jackson, whose quintessentially american tale of celebrity and excess took him from musical boy wonder to global pop superstar to sad figure haunted by lawsuits, paparazzi and failed plastic surgery, was pronounced dead on thu - jun 25 [2.26pm] at u.c.l.a. medical center after arriving in a coma, a city official said. mr. jackson was 50, having spent 40 of those years in the public eye he loved. [source: new york times]. © andy warhol foundation for the visual arts / oil on silkscreen on canvas [1984]