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In the news: Michael Jackson dies at 50

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Michael Jackson, the legendary King of Pop, passed away on Thursday 25.

Paramedics were called to the singer's house in Bel Air following an emergency phone call.  It is believed that he suffered a cardiac arrest. Although the paramedics tried to resuscitate, he was pronounced dead two hours later at the UCLA medical centre.

The singer had been staying at the LA house while he rehearsed for his comeback tour. In 2008, when he announced 10 comeback shows in London, beginning in July 2009, the story made worldwide news. The number of concerts was later increased to 50. Instead of looking forward to shows, millions of shocked fans around the globe are today mourning a legend.

During his life the huge media attention which Jackson received, focused as much on his eccentricities as his music. A changing physical appearance, a questionable relationship with children and (more recently) rumours of bankruptcy, kept him in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

His 1982 album Thriller, which included the blockbuster hits 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean' and 'Thriller' is still the best-selling album of all time, with an estimated 50 million copies sold worldwide.

He will live on as one of the best loved performers of all time.


Using the NUMBERS, match each word with its definition:

  1. pass away (phrasal verb)
  2. paramedic (noun)
  3. cardiac arrest (noun)
  4. resuscitate (verb)
  5. pronounce (verb)
  6. mourn (verb)
  7. eccentric (noun)
  8. questionable (adjective)
  9. bankruptcy (noun)
  10. blockbuster (adjective)

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  • Heart attack:
  • State of having no money (legal term):
  • Die:
  • To feel great sadness after a death:
  • A person who is trained to do medical work, especially in an emergency:
  • Very successful:
  • Wrong in some way:
  • To bring someone or something back to life:
  • To state something officially:
  • Strange or unusual: