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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.

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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1125 days ago


Michael Jackson Bests the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra as "Thriller" Jacket Sells for $1.8 Million Today 5:30 PM PDT by Jenna Mullins

Two years after his death, Michael Jackson is still the King of Shop Pop.

Estimated to raise bids of somewhere between $200,000 to $400,000, the red-and-black jacket that Jackson wore during his "Thriller" video sold for a whopping $1.8 million this weekend at Julien's auction in Beverly Hills. Items also up for auction included memorabilia from Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Frank Sinatra, but MJ's jacket far and away went for the highest price…

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Jackson signed the jacket as a gift to his longtime costume designers, Dennis Tompkins and Michael Bush before his death in 2009. Milton Verret, a businessman from Austin, Texas, was the big spender who won the historic piece of pop history. He plans to take it on a tour of children's hospitals across the country.

Part of the proceeds from the purchase will go toward the Shambala Preserve, home to Jackson's two Bengal tigers, Thriller and Sabu. Other memorabilia from the King of Pop that was auctioned off included the fedora from his Bad Tour, a handwritten note to Elizabeth Taylor and a signed pillowcase.

The Beatles also fetched some high bids, including Paul McCartney's bass guitar ($14,080), and the cape Ringo Starr wore in the movie Help! ($37,500). Sinatra's 1986 Jaguar went to a lucky bidder for the price of $19,000.

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1125 days ago


Eternal rest grant unto Michael Oh Lord and let the perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace. Amen.

Waiting for justice for you Michael on your second anniversary.


1125 days ago


Hi, my name is Ana and lives in Brazil. He would like to know if Michael Jackson was really thus when he died.
He forgives since already for the English more or less.

This is link of the photo of it. If my memory serves me right it is of an English site

1124 days ago


The Beatles also fetched some high bids, including Paul McCartney's bass guitar ($14,080), and the cape Ringo Starr wore in the movie Help! ($37,500). Sinatra's 1986 Jaguar went to a lucky bidder for the price of $19,000.


The comparison is laughable!!! Why bother mentioning "thehyom" in the same article as my King Michael????

again: ROTFL!!!

1124 days ago


I wished Michael Jackson had the chance to play with his grand-kids. He died much too soon.

1123 days ago

Robyn Hope    

Had a friend over to watch Michael Jackson in Bucharest again.
I wore my blue shirt with red armband, finger-bandages, black fedora and dancing shoes.
After the show, I danced to Man in the Mirror, Human Nature, and Smooth Criminal.

Thank you, Michael, for countless hours of dancing pleasure!

1123 days ago


Dr. Conrad Murray Requesting Dismissal Of Wrongful Death LawsuitDr. Conrad Murray Requesting Dismissal Of Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Posted on Jun 28, 2011 @ 07:13PM print it send it
Splashnews/WENNBy Jen Heger - Radar Legal Editor

Dr. Conrad Murray is asking a judge to throw out the wrongful death lawsuit that Michael Jackson's father, Joe filed against the King of Pop's one time physician, can exclusively report.

Lawyers for Dr. Murray filed the legal docs last Friday, arguing that Joe Jackson doesn't have legal standing to even file the lawsuit -- Michael left his father, Joe out of his will and did not support him financially.

The legal docs state: "Joe Jackson further has no standing to sue pursuant that he was not dependent upon the decedent for support and therefore Joe Jackson has no subject matter jurisdiction, alternatively, in personam jurisdiction to sue....Defendants request that the Plaintiff's case be dismissed, alternatively, that the Plaintiff go forth without recovery from these Defendants."

Dr. Conrad Murray’s Attorneys Request Case Dismissal — See The Do***ents

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, from acute propofol intoxication. Dr. Murray's trial for involuntary manslaughter, is expected to begin in August. If convicted of the charge, Murray could be sent to state prison for up to four years.

1123 days ago


Michael Jackson Gave Himself the Drugs That Killed Him, Claims Doctor Fighting Wrongful Death SuitToday 1:15 PM PDT by Marianne Garvey and Claudia Rosenbaum

AP Photo/Isaac Brekken; Pool Photographer/Getty Images Dr. Conrad Murray wants a judge to toss out the wrongful death lawsuit filed against him by Michael Jackson's father, Joe.

Not only does Murray claim the elder Jackson has no legal right to file against him, but more explosively the doctor is claiming the King of Pop is responsible for his own death...

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Princess Diana Gets Digitally Aged In do***ents filed in court last Friday, Murray's lawyers claim that Jackson had been secretly administering his own Propofol without the doctor's knowledge and ended up killing himself. Jackson, they allege, "clandestinely self-administered or self-injested such medications" and "is comparatively responsible for his own death," assuming that the drugs killed him.

Jackson's father filed his wrongful death lawsuit against the doc last year, which claims that Murray withheld the singer's medical history from emergency room attendants after Michael was taken to the hospital and initially only admitted to administering three drugs to the "Billie Jean" singer, none of them Propofol.

Joe's lawsuit also states the omission "demonstrated a disregard for Michael Jackson's life" and accuses Murray of giving conflicting statements to police about Michael's drug use.

Conrad's filing claims Michael Jackson had been visiting other doctors who doled out meds to the singer, and that the singer did not provide Murray with his full medical history or an accurate accounting of the meds he was on.

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1122 days ago


Elizabeth Taylor's cherished possessions to be auctioned at Christie'sBy Tim Nudd, PEOPLE.comJune 29, 2011 10:51 a.m. EDT
The tour of Elizabeth Taylor's possessions will end in a 10-day exhibition in New York during December.STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Christie's will prepare a museum-quality collection of Taylor's belongings
The memorabilia will be displayed on an international tour beginning in September
A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
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( -- Elizabeth Taylor fans will soon get a closer look into the private life of the late Hollywood legend, as Christie's prepares a worldwide tour and auction of some of her most prized personal possessions.

The auction house is assembling a museum-quality collection of Taylor's jewelry, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and memorabilia, and will display it on a three-month international tour beginning in September.

The tour will culminate in New York in December with a 10-day exhibition taking up Christie's entire Rockefeller Center gallery, followed by four consecutive days of auctions from December 13-16.

A portion of proceeds from the tour and auction will be donated to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which the film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian founded in 1993.

The exhibition will offer "a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian," said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie's Americas.

He added: "This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor's unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight, and at times, sheer wonder, in all who come to see it."

1122 days ago


@ Kaveman....shut your faul mouth!

1121 days ago


Of the 310 million earned in December 2010,159 has gone toward paying down Jackson's debts,supporting his children and covering funeral and memorial service expenses according to court do***ents.Branca and the other co-executors have also renegotiated and restructured existing financing arrangements and sought out new deals to generate more income.


1120 days ago


Two years ago on my nephews birthay, we heard the sad news that Michael passed away. Today on my birthday the Memorial service was held, a birthday is always happy, but i also feel very sad. I mis the artiest, his music, and since i read many articles i mis the person. Michael was a kind and generous man, he gave up his (personal) life for his fans. Everything he did, every move he made was big news, and everybody wanted something of him, so many lawsuitss against him. Michael i would like to say to you from the bottom off my heart... Thank you, for everything! You won"t be forgotten, because the new generations will also love you!

1115 days ago

black or white    

Hey why is Michael Jackson not the number one entry when logging on to tmz? when did that happen?

1112 days ago


Your were the greatest performer of all time. No one could and can rival your passion and style. I remember how the media persecuted and followed your every move. It is so funny that the media has given little coverage about the confession of Jordan Chandler. Your were falsely accused and persecuted by the media and others. You will never be forgotten. Rest in peace King.

761 days ago
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