Yes, it's true, I'm sad to say.
No, not the King of Pop, rather the far more interesting King of Beers.
"Top beer expert Michael Jackson died this morning.
Jackson dedicated more than three decades to the pursuit and documentation of the worldï¿½s finest beers, and wrote many books on the subject.
He became known as the most widely-published and influential author on beer. He developed a cult television series known as ï¿½The Beer Hunterï¿½, and contributed articles to countless magazines and newspaper"
Here's a link to his last column:
" My favorite exponent of subjective reporting was Whitney Balliett, jazz critic of The New Yorker. He recently died, and I am wondering how he is coping with being offered a position Upstairs when all decent jazz clubs (not to mention drinking dens) are in the Other Place. There is also the question as to the choice of beers Downstairs. One might expect a decent Hell, Helles or Heller, depending on the grammar of the label, but what is on offer for darker days? For the moment I shall not pursue this investigation any further, for fear that I should find out soon enough ..."