One year on from Michael Jackson’s death

It was just after midday on June 25 last year when Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received an emergency call that would spark tears around the world and dominate conversations, newspaper front pages and Internet buzz for weeks.


“We have a gentleman here that needs help,” the panicked male caller told the 911 operator.

“He’s not breathing. We’re trying to pump him, but he’s not breathing.”

The gentleman not breathing was Michael Jackson.

The panicked caller was Alberto Alvarez, the King of Pop’s bodyguard, who told the emergency operator Jackson’s personal doctor, Dr Conrad Murray, was upstairs in the rented Holmby Hills mansion attempting to bring the 50-year-old entertainer back to life.

An ambulance arrived three minutes later, resuscitation efforts continued en route to the nearby Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and doctors at the hospital continued the effort until finally giving up.

Jackson was pronounced dead at 2.26pm.

The cause of death was deemed homicide caused by acute intoxication of the powerful anesthetic propofol and other sedatives and authorities slapped the blame on Dr Murray, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Millions of people around the world bypassed traditional media and went online looking for confirmation of Jackson’s death, causing many internet sites to shutdown, unable to take the sudden surge.

TMZ深圳桑拿论坛会所,, LAtimes深圳桑拿论坛会所,, Twitter, Wikipedia and AOL’s instant messenger service crashed and Google received so many Michael Jackson queries in such a short period of time the search engine originally feared the site was under a cyber attack.

The death, one year later, continues to captivate the world, with one-time little known Jackson associates, like his Australian lead guitarist Orianthi Panagaris, thrust into the global spotlight.

The world was also introduced to Jackson’s three children – Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II – who were largely hidden from the public by their father, often wearing masks.

Millions were mesmerised by Paris’ short speech at her father’s star-studded Los Angeles memorial where she said:

“Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. I just wanted to say I love him … so much.

On August 3 Katherine Jackson was named the permanent guardian of Prince, 13, Paris, 12, and eight-year-old Blanket.

They live a largely secluded life at the Jacksons’ LA compound in the suburb of Encino where they are home-schooled and surrounded by their cousins and uncles, Jermaine and Randy.

There have been a number of high-profile public outings, including this year’s Grammy Awards.

An insight into their lives came in a recent interview Katherine did with British tabloid, The Daily Mail, where she suggested all three would soon end home-schooling and attend regular schools.

“They don’t have any friends,” Katherine Jackson told the Daily Mail.

“They don’t go to school; they have private lessons at home, but that will change in September when they are due to enrol at private college.”

Dr Conrad Murray, who earned a reported $A171,811.47 a month working as Jackson’s personal doctor, faces a long stint in jail if a court finds him guilty of the involuntary manslaughter charge.

Dr Murray has entered a not guilty plea and is released on $A85,905.73 bail ahead of his trial.


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