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Michael Jackson's Death

Two Years Later

6/25/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Today is the two-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death -- and the saga has played out like a soap opera about betrayal, jealousy, love, greed and redemption.

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When TMZ broke the news, it triggered a flood of stories about Jackson's struggles with drugs, the doctors who enabled him, the mystery surrounding his death,  a little known drug called propofol, a family war against Michael's estate, a full court press to erase Michael's debt, and a posthumous marketing campaign to rival Elvis.

Take a look at TMZ's timeline from the moment we found something was terribly wrong with Michael.

 

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76.

HumanNature    

IMMORTALITY

THE KING OF "ALL" MUSIC, MICHAEL JOSEPH JACKSON

R.I.P

1182 days ago
77.

mymjj5.    

All haters could benefit from a colonoscopy or a good colon cleansing!!!
coloncleanse.com

1182 days ago
78.

HumanNature    

CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER DEFENSE WILL EMULATE CASEY ANTHONY TRIAL!!!

CAUSE BOTH "WHORES" DON'T HAS/HAVE A LEGITIMATE DEFENSE!!!

JUSTICE 4 CAYLEE ANTHONY & MJ

1182 days ago
79.

HumanNature    

OhWell

YOU CAN STALK, COPY MY AVATAR AND CLONE ME!!!!

CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER STILL DO NOT HAS/HAVE A WHORING DEFENSE!!!

JUSTICE 4 MJ

1182 days ago
80.

Pegasus    

Debate over Michael Jackson's death clouds his legacyBy the CNN Wire StaffJune 25, 2011 10:07 p.m. EDT
Pop icon Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009. The debate over his death continues two years later.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009, of a drug overdose
His personal doctor is charged with administering the fatal dose
Several other lawsuits have been filed regarding his death
There have also been many attempts to promote and capitalize on his legacy
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Michael Jackson
Conrad Murray
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Two years after his death, music legend and celebrity icon Michael Jackson's legacy remains clouded by the debate over how he died and who, if anyone, is to blame.

A Los Angeles coroner ruled that a surgical anesthetic called Propofol killed the then 50-year-old Jackson, in combination with several sedatives found in his blood, on June 25, 2009.

Ever since, there have been ongoing efforts -- from awards to statues to new songs -- to keep his memory, and music, alive. Still, much of the talk about one of the world's most celebrated singers has occurred in courtrooms, centered around a host of cases related to his untimely death.

Authorities claim that his personal doctor, Conrad Murray, administered the fatal dose. He has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in the singer's death. The doctor's defense attorney, Ed Chernoff, contends Jackson was "a desperate man in many respects" and gave himself the fatal dose of surgical anesthesia while the doctor was no*****ching.

One of Michael's sisters, LaToya Jackson, told CNN's Piers Morgan this week that her brother "told me that they were going to murder him" -- identifying "they" only as "the people involved in his life, the people that were controlling him."

The late singer's father, Joe Jackson, also fingered unidentified individuals in an interview with CNN on Saturday.

"We're striving for justice, because there's more to it than they're claiming," said Joe Jackson, who has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Murray and also said he's still fighting over who controls his son's estate. "There is somebody else involved."

The singer's mother, Katherine Jackson, has filed a lawsuit accusing AEG Live of causing her son's death by pushing him to rehearse for his comeback concerts despite poor health. In the suit, she described Jackson in his last months as "confused, easily frightened, unable to remember, obsessive, and disoriented."

Yet for all the legal entanglements, the last 24 months has also been marked by numerous attempts to celebrate, give new life to and capitalize on the singer's historic career.

According to Forbes, Jackson's estate brought in a whopping $275 million between October 2009 and 2010. The singer's good fortune is due in large part to licensing deals cut by executors of his estate, a surge in sales of his music catalog and the $250 million box office of the Sony Pictures film, "This Is It."

That do***entary, focused on the singer's preparations for his world tour, came out within months of his death. Sony was under a contractual obligation with Jackson's estate to not use anything that showed the icon in "a negative light" -- though Pastor ruled that additional, raw footage could be used in Murray's upcoming trial.

In a rare public appearance, two of Jackson's three surviving children -- Prince Michael and Paris -- appeared in January 2010 at the Grammy Awards to help accept a Lifetime Achievement Award on their father's behalf. The singer's music and dance also inspired a Cirque du Soleil show, "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour."

And for months, there's also been talk about a full-length album entitled "Michael," featuring 10 songs and collaborations with rapper 50 Cent and rocker Lenny Kravitz -- including a duet with Akon that was released online last November.

But not all such Jackson-related efforts have been directly tied to his music.

Mohammed Al Fayed, for instance, helped erect a statue of Jackson to stand outside the stadium of English Premier League football club Fulham, which he owns. The Egyptian-born businessman, who had owned Harrods department store and was a friend of the singer, told fans -- some bemused and others questioning the statue's relevance -- they can "go to hell" if they object.

Also in England (but not the United States), the Discovery Channel planned to broadcast a special early this year featuring a re-enactment of Jackson's autopsy. But the program, "Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson," was dropped before airing after repeated complaints.

Investor Reginald Garcia said this spring that he will use cash from the sale of 130 unpublished photos he had taken of a then-19-year-old Jackson to fund testing of a motor that he claims generates more electricity than it uses.

And this weekend, the King of Pop's signature red and black jacket with "winged shoulders," which he wore during the filming of the iconic "Thriller" music video, was one of several pieces of music memorabilia up for sale at a California auction.

In his interview Saturday with CNN, Joe Jackson touted his plan to further develop his son's dream and build amusement parks -- called "Happyland" -- around the world. (In the same interview, he also publicized his new "Jackson" cologne and vodka, called "Vodka Precious.")

"I'm grieving over Michael," the late singer's father said. "It's going to take me a long time to get over what happened to him."

Katherine Jackson told CNN this past spring that she struggles each day without Michael, even as she cares for his children, whom she has legal custody over.

"There's not a day that passes I don't think about my child, and he should be here right now," his mother said.

1182 days ago
81.

TSIG    

Akon was a true friend of Michael Jackson:

Akon puts E! reporter in his place regarding Michael Jackson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DQzxqXBK4k&feature=BFp&list=FLQWG0HIkz0T8&index=4

Akon wrote this wonderful tribute song for his friend Michael Jackson:

Cry Out of Joy ~*by Akon*~ Michael Jackson tribute
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrmRYfRlshM&feature=BFa&list=FLQWG0HIkz0T8&index=5
another version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FriR6G6o1e0&feature=related

Here are the lyrics. If you haven’t already done so, download (legally) Akon’s tribute song to Michael to thank him for saying what so many of us are feeling and for being such a good and loyal friend to Michael. These few lyrics cover a lot of ground. Michael was a fantastic singer, dancer, and entertainer, but he was most loved for the human being that he was: his character, integrity, honesty, fortitude, inner strength, faith, and desire to help others. He wasn’t just a superstar, he was a true leader: as Akon says, he “motivated the whole world to deliver.” Michael motivated people the world over to strive for excellence in their chosen fields or in whatever they did. Here’s a quote from Michael:

“In the end, the most important thing is to be true to yourself and those you love and work hard. Work like there's no tomorrow. Train. Strive. Really train and cultivate your talent to the highest degree. Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. Use the tools of your trade, if it's books or a floor to dance on or a body of water to swim in. Whatever it is, it's yours. That's what I've always tried to remember." (Michael Jackson)


Lyrics: Akon

“Cry Out of Joy” (Michael Jackson Tribute)

You will, be missed, by all your fans
I clench, my fists, cause it’s so hard to withstand
If I had the power to change one thing, it'd bring you back again
But life's not promised and that won't change, im'a meet you there some day

In this lifetime I wanna thank you, for showing me the man in the mirror
In this lifetime I wanna thank you, you motivated the whole world to deliver
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy
There's so much joy in our heart

Oh I wish, the world could see you the way I did
And I wish, they witnessed how a wonderful dad you were to all your kids
And I noticed it didn't stop there, saving children was one of your goals
Just donated all of your millions, so they could one day rule the world

In this lifetime I wanna thank you, for showing me the man in the mirror
In this lifetime I wanna thank you, you motivated the whole world to deliver
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy
There's so much joy in our heart

One word for the media, please help the people see the love
Stop this garbage you're feedin’ us, show him for who he really was
Remember there was more to come, remember he's the chosen one
Remember him for wars he’s won, remember him for what he's done

Remember him for what he's done, remember him for what he's done
Remember him for what he's done, remember him for what he's done
Remember him for what he's done, remember him for what he's done
Remember him for what he's done, remember him for what he's done

In this lifetime I wanna thank you, for showing me the man in the mirror
In this lifetime I wanna thank you, you motivated the whole world to deliver
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy (for you)
We cry out of joy
There's so much joy in our heart

Rest in peace and harmony, Michael
I love you, man

1182 days ago
82.

HumanNature    

CON "QUACK" THE MURDERER DEFENSE WILL EMULATE CASEY ANTHONY TRIAL!!!

BOTH ARE "LIARS AND WHORES"!!!

THEY BOTH DON'T HAS/HAVE A LEGITIMATE DEFENSE!!!

JUSTICE 4 CAYLEE ANTHONY & MJ

1182 days ago
83.

Pegasus    


Janet Jackson, Rihanna and More Honor Michael Jackson's Legacy Today 1:12 PM PDT by Brandi Fowler


AP Photo/Reed Saxon
Janet Jackson, Rihanna and other stars headed to Twitter Saturday to remember Michael Jackson on the second anniversary of his tragic death.

On June 25, 2009, the music world and fans of the King of Pop everywhere were shaken by news of his passing, after Michael suffered a cardiac arrest due to an overdose of propofol.

MORE: Five Shocking Things Heard During the Michael Jackson Manslaughter Hearing

His doctor, Conrad Murray, was later charged with involuntary manslaughter for purportedly administering the powerful sedative. Murray's trial date has been set for September 8.

Despite the many controversies surrounding his life and death, the iconic music star will always be known for his talent, the award-winning music he left behind and the many artists he will continue to inspire for years to come.

Check out what his family and celebrity fans—including a Glee star set to take the stage at Michael's "last intended venue"—had to say:

Janet Jackson: I MISS U. I LUV U.

Rihanna: MJ We miss you, We love you...often imitated, NEVER duplicated!!! You will live on forever!

Big Boi: R.I.P. Michael Jackson... Damn 2 years.

Darren Criss: Two years ago Michael Jackson died and I had JUST moved to LA. Now I'm playing at the O2 in London, his last intended venue. What a trip.

Latoya Jackson: I read a lot of your tweets and a lot of you are so sad, Michael would want you to rejoice his life! Please do so! Rejoice the kings music!

Usher: MJ....REST THE DEAD!! You live on through what you blessed us all with. Your compassion and dedication compels us to be our greatest...URIV

PHOTOS: Michael Jackson: A Life
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Read more: http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/b249342_janet_jackson_rihanna_more_honor.html#ixzz1QN5truT6

1182 days ago
84.

markdooley    

who cares Max rules

1181 days ago
85.

mymjj5.    

So, go party. LMAO
Your perverted doper is dead, anyway. He owns nothing. What an accomplishment!
_______________________________________________________________
You're absolutly right, Elvis owns nothing and he died of an OverDose........pleazzzzz!
Regardless, ownership of Nothing ???It's still a hellavah lot more than you'll ever be or have. Go kick rocks on that!!

1181 days ago
86.

The flying dog    

Hold my hand...

I♥MJ

1181 days ago
87.

CloBird    

It is still unbelievable that Michael Jackson died.

1181 days ago
88.

Robert    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E3JGvd1Suo

1181 days ago
89.

Kate    

Michael I love you with all my heart and with all my soul...
I know we'll meet someday, somehow...

1181 days ago
90.

HumanNature    

Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' jacket sells for $1.8 million at auction

http://www.cnn.com/2011/SHOWBIZ/Music/06/26/music.memorabilia.auction/index.html?&hpt=hp_c2

1181 days ago
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