THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED: for front pages from around the world, check Newseum. Hey Calgary Sun: great minds think alike, eh?
1. What the hell happened? Autopsy results expected imminently. But so far the leading contenders appear to be painkillers and anorexia, although Fox News is throwing Lupus into the mix just for good measure.
2. Who gets Blanket? No less a legal expert than Jeffrey Toobin is on CNN predicting that MJ's kids could be the subject of an epic custody battle -- especially the one he had with a still-unnamed surrogate.
3. Who gets the Beatles catologue? According to several sketchy reports, MJ left them to Paul in his will.
4. Who gets the bill? Looks like that goes to AEG, the concert giant that was about to put on Jackson's string of 50 shows in London. The company, which also promotes big-venue concert tours in America, will have to refund $85 million in tickets already sold, and eat the $20 million it had sunk into the production of the shows (which were said to include over 20 sets, extensive lighting, and "high-wire acts." The company had expected to make $115 million, and now may end up losing that much. According to the AP -- and to AEG themselves -- everyone thought they were crazy to book the shows, and according to the AP, the company appears to have only been able to secure insurance for $23 million of that cost.
5. What did those poor Iranians do while Michael Jackson was murdering the tubes? CNN, please make this a T-shirt: "Jackson dies, almost takes internet with him." At Google, engineers briefly feared they were under attack. Even AIM went down.