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Papers mourn legend Michael Jackson


The late editions of the papers change their main stories to reflect the death of pop legend Michael Jackson.

The Guardian says he died just weeks before he hoped to resurrect his four-decade long career with a series of sold-out shows in London.

The Daily Telegraph says Jackson was widely credited with revolutionising pop music but his career was tainted with allegations of child abuse.

The Times calls him perhaps the the most famous pop star of modern times.

Influential and infamous

The Sun says Michael Jackson promised fans his concerts at London's O2 arena would be his "final curtain call".

But his death "meant he never got the chance to sign off his astounding career with a bang", it continues.

A huge crowd of mourning fans began to congregate outside the hospital where he died, reports the Daily Mirror.

The Independent says Jackson emerged from childhood stardom to become one of the most influential and infamous celebrities of modern times.

Iconic poster

Hours before Michael Jackson's death, the life of another icon of 20th Century culture, Farrah Fawcett, also ended in a Los Angeles hospital.

The Daily Mirror says her luxurious tresses and blinding smile helped redefine sex appeal in the 1970s.

The Daily Mail reprints the picture of Farrah Fawcett in a red swimsuit that graced millions of bedroom walls.

The Charlie's Angels actress also found acclaim later in her career during the 1980s, says the Guardian.

Pay controversy

Gordon Brown sets out what the Times calls his strategy for Labour survival in an interview with the paper.

The Times says he is staking it on a swift return to economic growth and giving people more power over their public services.

The Daily Telegraph says the BBC faced calls to cut the pay of senior bosses after their details were released.

It says the figures showed 47 of them earned £190,000 or more - and compares that with Mr Brown's £194,250 salary.

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