It has been a year since the tragic and sudden death of Michael Jackson from an overdose of Propofol. The fallout from his death, including the decision whether Michael Jackson’s death was an accident or homicide continues to feed the media frenzy surrounding the pop stars life and death.
June 25, 2010 marks the one year anniversary of the shocking news that Michael Jackson died. For some reason, I did not have on the television or radio that day. It was late in the day when someone told me and I didn’t believe them. Not Michael Jackson. I grew up with him singing “Beat It” in the 80s.
I honestly thought they were kidding. When they finally convinced me that the controversial, but talented rock star had passed away I, like the rest of the world was shocked and flabbergasted. Emotions ranged from grief to anger to concern over his kids.
Throughout the past years, as details of Michael Jackson’s life and death continue to unfold these emotions have continued to surface and change. The man, the legend still lives in so many ways – and not just because the media will not let him die. Fans continue to keep his memory alive.
On the day of his death there will be memorial services and ceremonies, musical tributes and concerts, and even candlelight vigils to honor the life, death, and music of an American legend.
Only recently, Michael Jackson’s one time wife, Lisa Presley, lamented the fact that his cemetery vault was not honored with enough flowers. I’m sure that today, there will be more flowers around the mausoleum of Michael Jackson than the floral industry delivers on Mother’s Day.
Michael Jackson is a legend that we will not allow to die. Although his physical body has passed from this life we keep his memory alive in song and spirit. The media continues to fuel the story of Michael Jackson’s life by posting stories of every move of his family, from what the kids are doing to LaToya Jackson’s visit to see Bubbles. The stories continue because we devour them.
If ever a man were not allowed to rest in peace it is Michael Jackson. Perhaps, when everything is sorted out his memory will be kept alive without constant references to his death. That is the only thing that makes these memorials of Michael Jackson’s life and death so tormenting.
There are still too many unanswered questions and unresolved issues surrounding Michael Jackson’s death.
As this day passes, fans will undoubtedly take time to remember the life and music of an American great. All I ever owned was a cassette tape of “Beat It,” but tomorrow, I may have to give Itunes a visit and download some of Michael Jackson’s classic hits.
One of the best legacy’s of his death is that Michael’s music has been introduced to multiple generations who did not know him at the peak of his career. The influence of Michael Jackson’s life and music will not only be remembered today, one year after the date of his death, but will continue to influence music and fans for the res of their lives.
Michael Jackson, rest in peace. The world taunted you, but there is absolutely no doubt that the world misses you.