I would have to say Micheal Jackson. Micheal Jackson’s death affected pop culture because Micheal Jackson defined the decade of the 1980’s and his music to this day is what influences others and other artist. Micheal Jackson was the first of many artist who broke not only records, but broke down barriers such as Race and culture. Micheal Jackson influenced not only on pop culture but with people from all over the globe. With his death, the world will never see anything like this ever again, though his music is still influencing artist to this day and being studied by future generations to come.