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Michael Jackson, King of Pop, Dies at Age 50

Pop star Michael Jackson died Thursday evening after arriving at a Los Angeles hospital in a deep coma. Jim Lehrer talks to USA Today music critic Steve Jones about the singer's career.

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  • JIM LEHRER:

    And, finally tonight, remembering pop singer Michael Jackson.

    The Los Angeles Times and others reported Jackson was pronounced dead this evening after arriving at a Los Angeles hospital in a deep coma. Jackson first came to fame as a child star as a member of the Jackson 5 and then became one of the most successful solo artists of all time, winning 13 Grammys, selling tens of millions of records, including the biggest-selling album of all time, "Thriller," which sold 50 million copies.

    Here's a clip from his 1982 video "Thriller."

  • MICHAEL JACKSON, Pop Singer:

    (performing "Thriller")

  • JIM LEHRER:

    In more recent years, Jackson became just as renown for controversies and allegations in his personal life.

    Joining us now is Steve Jones, who's music critic for USA Today. He has covered Michael Jackson for 15 years.

    Steve Jones, welcome. And, first of all, can you add anything in terms of what the cause of death may have been?

  • STEVE JONES, USA Today:

    No, we're still reporting that. All I know right now is what I'm seeing on television at the moment.