Michael Jackson top-earning dead celebrity ?


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(Reuters) - Michael Jackson's sudden death sparked an outpouring of grief around the world, but fans also opened their wallets to make him this year's top-earning dead celebrity with $275 million, Forbes said on Monday.

Jackson raked in more than the combined total of the other 12 celebrities on the list, Forbes magazine said. He was ranked third on last year's list with $90 million.

Elvis Presley came in second, earning $60 million from admissions to his former home, Graceland, which is now a museum and tourist attraction in Memphis, Tennessee, a Cirque de Soleil show and more than 200 licensing and merchandise deals.

"Jackson's spot atop our top earning dead celebrities list should come as no surprise given the renewed fan interest in music, videos and all things Michael Jackson," said Forbes writer Lacey Rose.

Jackson was 50 when he died in his Los Angeles home on June 25 last year, shortly before a planned series of comeback concerts in London. The singer left behind three children and a debt of $500 million.

But his estate has generated millions since his death, mostly through record sales, the "This Is It" concert movie, licensing rights, deals to release new albums and a Cirque du Soleil stage show in Las Vegas.

"Thanks to a lucrative catalog, hit film and album sales, the late king of pop earned more in the last year than Lady Gaga, Madonna and Jay-Z, combined," said Rose.

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Disgusting if you ask me. He was a child molester and was sick in the head in my book. He doesn't deserve the admiration so many people have for him.

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I don't believe that he abused children. I have the impression that he was too naive and innocent, just like a small kid.

It is sad to see that people are making money because of Michael's death. That is disgusting.

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^ Oh I'm sure he had sex with minors -- just that the parents whored the kids out, for money, homes, etc.

I can see where the huge profits coming in will fuel rumors that MJ's death was faked. :laugh:

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