Michael: Just Like Elvis?

Thursday was one of those very strange days in the newsroom that comes along once in a generation.  When a controversial but iconic figure in the music world like Michael Jackson dies, it sets off a massive outpouring of sympathy.. and it certainly set off what was surely an unprecedented tidal wave of Internet and Twitter hits.  Michael Jackson's death is now THE story of the new media age.  But if you're at least 35 years old, I want to take you back to another eerily similar day.

That was the day Elvis died at his home in Memphis.

The circumstances of Elvis Presley's death are so similar it's almost like his death and Michael's were scripted in a parallel universe.  Add to that, technically speaking, we are talking about the completely unexpected passing of his son-in-law.  (Michael was 50.. Elvis was 42.  And while we're on the subject, let's not forget John Lennon's murder in 1980.)

Toxicology reports will show us whether Michael died of an abuse of prescription drugs pumped into him by enablers who gave him all he wanted.  Sound familiar?  And if that turns out to be true, the Jackson's family attorney said he will raise holy hell about it.

Which death affects you the most?  Are these almost identical stories?  Which death had the most profound impact on the music world?  Elvis and Michael fans, let me hear what's on your mind today.    Ralph

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