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Death of Michael Jackson: A year in review as a fan
It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the day a frantic 911 emergency call from pop legend Michael Jackson’s residence set off a chain of events that left millions of fans across the world numbed.
Michael Jackson, youth icon and arguably the greatest pop star that ever lived, was found unconscious at his Los Angeles residence. Attempts to revive him proved unsuccessful.
It was my routine night shift, regular copies of global recession and politics scrolled across the Reuters screen, when the dullness of the night was broken by hysterical breaking news alerts on the end of Michael.
As journalists, we are trained to maintain objectivity and professional detachment to news that otherwise shake us as humans.
I wasn’t even born when Elvis Presley died and had only read about the fan hysteria that followed in yellowing newsprint.
I grew up listening to Michael’s songs and like million others counted myself amongst his greatest fans. Writing about Michael’s death wasn’t easy.
In the year that has passed since his death, the popularity of Michael has only increased. The once-struggling pop star looking to revive a career mired by ugly molestation charges and heavy debt posthumously went on to amass millions of dollars in ticket sales and chart-topping albums.
Even after death controversy followed the star known as much for the numerous surgical changes to his face, as for his legendary ‘Moonwalk’.
Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray faces trial on a criminal charge of causing his death by giving him the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.
In a rapidly changing world, where natural disasters, inflation and economic woes jostle for attention to an average person, for me Michael’s legacy – his songs that left msillions of fans spellbound – will linger on.
How do you remember the King of Pop? Where were you when he died? Do you feel someone someday will take Michael’s place?