Remembering Michael Jackson, Three Years Later (1958-2009)
Today marks three years since the world’s greatest entertainer, King of Pop Michael Jackson, passed away.
Michael was just 50 years old when he died of a propanol overdose administered by his personal doctor Conrad Murray. Earlier this year Murray was jailed for four years on a charge of involuntary manslaughter and just today a video was unveiled by TMZ for the first time, showing the physician two months after Michael had died speaking on his relationship with MJ, blasting the public for blaming him for his death and even says he was a victim of Michael’s deceptions.
Much has changed since Michael’s death, including the growing visibility of his three children Paris, Prince and Blanket, who all live now with their grandmother Katherine. Michael’s brother, Jermaine Jackson, event went so far to tell UK publication The Independent that America hasn’t celebrated his brother’s legacy anywhere near as much as it should have and MJ paved the way for President Barack Obama to take office as the first Black president.
“I think America has let Michael down. If he was from any other country they would have erected permanent tributes to him for what he’s done for music,” Jermaine says, citing Oprah Winfrey‘s infamous 1993 interview with his brother as the catalyst for change. “Michael invited her [to Neverland] and that was the moment that put her in 90 countries around the world and made her successful. What did she do with that success? She put it behind Obama.”
Regardless of the drama and controversy that still surrounds Michael Jackson’s name and legacy, today is a day to celebrate his phenomenal talents and the gift he gave the world: his untouchable music. Let’s revel in that with a selection of some of his greatest hits: