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In Death, as in Life, Jackson Owns Spotlight

Fans across the globe mourned the death of pop icon Michael Jackson, who died at the age of 50 Thursday following an apparent heart attack. Jeffrey Brown reports on the worldwide response to the passing of the King of Pop.

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    The passing of pop music icon Michael Jackson touched off a worldwide wave of mourning and celebrations of his life today. It also prompted investigations into the questions surrounding his death.

    Jeffrey Brown has our lead story report.


    Around the nation today, tributes ranged from quiet reverence for a star gone silent to dancing to his music in the street outside the Jackson family home in Gary, Indiana.

    Jackson, one of the world's most influential entertainers, died yesterday at age 50, apparently of cardiac arrest. As the news spread, fans came out.

    There was an all-night vigil with dancing and song at Harlem's Apollo Theater, where in 1969 the Jackson Brothers, as they were then known, won amateur night.

    Later, as the Jackson 5, with Michael as lead singer, they would have a string of popular hits. Billy Mitchell, now the Apollo's historian, was there to see the little boy with dimples and the perfect afro.

  • BILLY MITCHELL, Apollo Theater Historian:

    The choreography was tight. The harmony was tight.