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Michael Jackson's death anniversary observed worldwide

  • Published at 03:04 pm June 25th, 2013
Michael Jackson's death anniversary observed worldwide

Yesterday was the fourth death anniversary of the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson. All around the world, his fans paid homage to the versatile artist through various programmes. His family stood in prayer for his soul. On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles.

His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a barely detectable pulse, and that he administered CPR on Jackson's bed to no avail. After a call was placed to 911 at 12:20 pm, Jackson was treated by paramedics at the scene and was later pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

On the eve of Jackson's 51st birthday, the Los Angeles County Coroner concluded that his death was a homicide.Shortly before his death, Jackson had been administered propofol and three anti-anxiety benzodiazepines, lorazepam and midazolam, in his home.His personal physician was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter and is serving a four-year sentence in prison.

Jackson was a singer-songwriter, dancer, businessman and philanthropist and is recognised as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades.

He debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of “The Jackson 5” in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971. In the early 1980s, Jackson became the dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "Thriller," were credited with breaking down racial barriers and transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the then relatively new television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" he continued to revolutionise the medium throughout the 1990s, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist. Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as the robot, and the moonwalk, to which he gave the name. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop, and rock artists.

Jackson's 1982 album “Thriller” is the best-selling album of all time. His other records, including “Off the Wall (1979),” “Bad (1987),” “Dangerous (1991),” and “HIStory (1995),” also rank among the world's best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” twice. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s," 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era and the estimated sale of over 400 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music. In what would have been Jackson's 52nd birthday on August 29, 2010, he became the most downloaded artist of all time. Jackson constantly traveled the world attending events honoring his humanitarianism and the 2000 Guinness Book of Records recognized him for supporting 39 charities.