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The death of Michael Jackson may be the story that finally puts the raucous, irreverent celebrity website TMZ.com into the big league of credible news organisations. The three-year-old company has been described by its detractors as the National Enquirer of the internet, and it is more famous for serving up a diet of snatched photos and grainy footage of stars behaving badly – but it has broken a string of celebrity scoops, and the more august news agencies that ignored its declaration that the King of Pop was dead were yesterday conducting harried examinations of their mistake.

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