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Michael Jackson, R.I.P.

Michael Jackson, R.I.P.

Date: Jun 29 2009

Themes: News

Grammar: Future Progressive Tense


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Michael Jackson was truly “The King of Pop.” He was officially the most successful entertainer of all time. He died last week. He was only 50 years old.

As soon as the news came out that Jackson had passed on, people began playing his music everywhere. Jackson’s pop songs could be heard coming from every car and every storefront. Some radio stations played nothing but Michael Jackson for the rest of the day. Even though Jackson has had health issues for a long time (you might notice in recent photos his skin is pale, not the brown color he was born with), people were surprised he died so young.

Though he hadn’t made an album since 2001 and had battled accusations of sexual abuse of children for many years, Jackson had planned to return to performing soon. Listen to Jason and Devan talk on the phone the day after Jackson’s death.


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Devan:  Hey, how’s it going?

Jason:  Uh, good. What are you up to tonight?

Devan:  Oh, I’m on my way to go get a drink at the bar because I’m so sad.

Jason:  About what? What happened to you?

Devan:  Michael Jackson died!

Jason:  Oh, that.

Devan:  What do you mean, “Oh that”?

Jason:  Well, like, Michael Jackson, the one that I love, was kind of already dead, you know what I mean?

Devan:  But he was about to make this huge comeback. He had 50 concerts scheduled in London and he was going to redeem his crown as “The King of Pop” again. I feel like he still had a second wind in him.

Jason:  Yeah, it’s true. It’s pretty sad that his life had to end at such a low point, $400 million in debt…

Devan:  But I think he could have gotten it back again. He was such a talented guy. And for all of his troubles and all the weird plastic surgery and scandal and everything else, I think his talent conquered all and his music, that’s something that’s going to be played forever. I think our grandchildren will be dancing to Thriller.

Jason:  I don’t know. Have you heard the reports that he was skin and bones when he died? That’s not really something a nose job can fix.

Devan:  Yeah, that’s true. Maybe it’s best that he died with the belief that he was going to make a big comeback without trying and failing. That probably would have been worse.

Jason:  Oh wow, I hadn’t even thought of that. But the best thing would have been if he could have done those shows in London.

Devan:  Yeah, his last hurrah. It’s a shame. Anyway, if you want to come get a drink with us and have a toast to Michael, you should.

Jason:  OK, let’s do it. “Don’t stop till you get enough.”

Devan:  OK.


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“R.I.P.” stands for “rest in peace.” It commonly appears on tombstones. Michael Jackson led an exciting and sometimes tortured life. But now he is at peace.

Devan is upset that Jackson is dead. But Jason says that, after endless plastic surgery and charges of sexual abuse, Jackson has long been dead to him. Nonetheless, Devan and Jason agree that Jackson made some great music, particularly Thriller, the best-selling album of all time. So Jason quotes a famous Michael Jackson lyric and he and Devan agree to have a drink in honor of the star’s death.

How did you feel when you found out “The King of Pop” was dead? What’s your all-time favorite Michael Jackson song?



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i am his big fan and i can.t belive that at frist.and i think maybe that is his big joke with us. for a few years i think nobody can instead of him, he is the king,

01:37 AM Jul 03 2009 |



very  sad abt this news i really love his pop song he changed his color and so wat he is saying one can change frm white to black but not frm black to white,

04:03 PM Jul 02 2009 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

you not alone im here with so far away im here with you
ya we here and you not between us
you are with your GOD

12:34 AM Jul 02 2009 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i am realy so sorry we miss him so much it was so bad we lose him
i was love him and i ask GODto bring him in pradise

12:24 AM Jul 02 2009 |




Michael… People of our time grew at your own rythm. Even more unknown songs are familiar to our planet. Your voice is a form of breathing that we all share. And your dancing is one of the finest tributes to be followed by your name in the centuries to come.

08:14 PM Jul 01 2009 |

Morgan Lau

Morgan Lau


oh! no!

the "The King of pop" was died!

10:16 AM Jul 01 2009 |


Dominican Republic


06:33 AM Jul 01 2009 |



He was the top American pop singer since I have memory.And indeed he got greatest songs and taste that you never feel out-of-date whenever you listen to his music.

You'll never be alone!We will be here with you forever!!

06:19 AM Jul 01 2009 |


Russian Federation

Michael,you was amazing person!!! I love you

06:11 PM Jun 30 2009 |

glassy heart

Saudi Arabia

thats realy sad deith we did not expected

03:47 PM Jun 30 2009 |


Viet Nam

I have a girl friend who love all songs of MJ, talk in other way, she love MJ. she was so sad when she heard this information. 

About me, i only listen 4 or 5 songs of him, but i think, he is a big singer. He was die, but his songs, his voice …are not.

03:46 PM Jun 30 2009 |


United States

A Smooth Criminal

03:24 PM Jun 30 2009 |




Michael Jackson revolutionized how do dance with their unique style ;) He was the guy! R.I.P :)

01:13 PM Jun 30 2009 |




The news about Michael Jackson's death blown me away!
I knew at night that thursday and I was shocked! I have never thought that Michael would die so early! But,that's it! Never it will has other Michael Jackson again! shame! that guy was a phenomenon!

01:11 PM Jun 30 2009 |




05:57 AM Jun 30 2009 |



it is such a shock when i heard that he's passed on,i couldn't believe that at first,i thought it was rumors or sth,it was just so sad,he's got so much talent and was going to give the world  quite big shows,but at least he left a lot of good music for all of us to remember him

05:56 AM Jun 30 2009 |



Viet Nam

Jacko you are always the best, we love you

04:27 AM Jun 30 2009 |



It's really low point when I heard Jackson passed on.He is the most controversial person not just because his talent but also his nose job.but It is not to be denied that he is the "The King of Pop",we all love him.I    think no one will surpass his achievement.

01:10 AM Jun 30 2009 |



His death was a great shock to me.

I Loved his performance very much,and I think it was a kind of God.

I went to his concert in Japan in 1987,I coudn't forget that we audience was very excited  to see real Michel !

I am very sad and I miss him.But I want to say "thank you " to him. 

12:24 AM Jun 30 2009 |



Syrian Arab Republic

can’t be forgotten!!!

11:11 PM Jun 29 2009 |

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