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World Mourns Michael
Published July 2, 2009

Fans mourn Michael Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The late Michael Jackson with Los Angles Sentinel’s executive publisher Danny Bakewell Sr. at Jesse Jackson’s birthday celebration held in 2007.

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Danny Bakewell Sr., the late Michael Jackson, Jesse Jackson, Berry Gordy and Larry King.

Photo by Billy Ingram

Fans cherish legacy of King of Pop as estate, second autopsy hang in limbo

The King of Pop mysteriously died more than a week ago, but as a second autopsy and a billion dollar estate still hang in the balance, a public viewing will be held at Neverland Ranch Friday for the world to mourn Michael Joseph Jackson.

Jackson died of cardiac arrest at his rented mansion on June 25 in Hombly Hills. He was 50 years old.

His shocking death just weeks before he was to begin a 50 concert tour in London scheduled to be his last performances left the nation and many parts of the world in such a bewildered state never seen before.

Jackson was found  with a slight pulse just before noon by his personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray who began administering CPR, but failed to revive the singer.

Paramedics found the pop star unconscious after arriving just three minutes and 17 seconds after receiving the 911 call from someone other than Murray.

Paramedics treated Jackson 42 minutes at the home before transferring him to UCLA Medical Center where he was declared dead at 2:26 p.m., roughly two miles from his Sunset Blvd. home.

Dr. Murray traveled with Jackson in the ambulance en route to UCLA Medical Center and remained to speak with family members after Jackson was pronounced dead, but a short time there after his whereabouts were unknown to law enforcement who requested to question him.

Police impounded Murray’s vehicle from Jackson’s home and he subsequently appeared for questioning along with his attorney, although he has not been considered a suspect.

Multiple rumors surrounding his death have swirled since Jackson’s demise. Speculation that Jackson succumbed to a drug overdose of Demerol have gone unfounded depending on a Los Angeles County Coroner autopsy or a private second autopsy ordered by Jackson’s family which is expected as soon as this week.

Friends and associates of Jackson have said the entertainer who has dazzled fans throughout the globe was healthy and during his last recorded rehearsal for his upcoming tour was the same dazzling performer he demonstrated to be during his glory days when he recorded ‘Thriller,’ the biggest selling album in history.

He will go down as the most popular and arguably the world’s greatest entertainer, eclipsing the likes of all before him, but also documented in his legion will be the dark allegations of molesting young boys at his now dispatched Neverland Ranch.

His immense talents were a combination of some of the most gifted performers of all time-the singing of Sam Cooke and Smokey Robinson, the dancing of James Brown and even Elvis, the child star appeal of Stevie Wonder-all weaved into his flexible body that spinned audiences on their heels and brought millions to screams that were only exclusive to him.

During one of his clouded moments when he settled a $23 million civil suit when he was accused of molestation, the late Johnnie Cochran represented him.

At his last trial where he was acquitted on all charges, he came to court in pajamas at one time, danced on top of a car at another and was guarded by the Nation of Islam security forces.

Some called him bizarre because of his many facial transformations growing from the chubby cheeked child star with the neatly shaped Afro, to the more slender shaped star with a wavy curl and his skin tone brightening along the way as he grew older.

Then there was the sculpting of the nose which many believe caused pain and led to his alleged addiction to pain killers.

Given the nickname Blanket as a child by his doting mother, and born in a state where the Ku Klux Klan was its most infamous citizens, questions of Jackson’s mystifying death lingers this week with a billion dollar estate hanging in the balance as his countless fans treasure his timeless music.

When news spread like wildfire that the King of Pop died, it was as if time stood still. Indeed the Internet nearly crashed as fans around the world reacted via various social networking sites and emails.

His music and image would spin into the weekend and beyond with tributes ranging from local radio stations KJLH and The Wave playing such hits as “ABC,” “Ben,” “Billie Jean” among others.

Nationally, nightclubs in St. Louis offered video and music tributes while patrons danced and sang the night away at the trendy nightspot, The Loft near downtown.

And globally in the Philippines and Russia, they marched and celebrated his life in dance and song.

As the week began after his death, his music topped the album chart and made six new entries in the singles top 40, six years after his last top seller as his fans gobbled up material.

Thriller, still the best selling album of all time, bolted from 179 to seven, and 11 Michael Jackson or Jackson 5 albums began among the top 200 and singles that featured the singer were 43 among the top 200.

All testimonials were reserved for the world greatest entertainer, surpassing the likes of Beatles, whose catalog he owned and Elvis Presley, whose daughter he once wed.

His last recording took place three weeks ago at the Staples Center where he was preparing for his sold out tour in London and is expected to be released to the public, padding his already enormous legacy.

The youngest of the Jackson clan, Michael was born in Gary, Indiana, to an over bearing father Joseph Jackson and his religious and over protecting mother Katherine.

The elder Jackson raised eyebrows this week when he promoted his new record label while being questioned about his famous son at the BET Awards last weekend.

Katherine, whom Michael held the tightest bond with even during turbulent times of a $23 million civil law suit and the most recent child molestation trial in 2005, filed for custody of his three children and control of his estate.

Although he was acquitted on all counts of the child molestation charges, he could never escape the scrutiny and became withdrawn from public life.

Nevertheless, he was adored by many more than those that did not love him and as evident with the endless media cycles recounting every move associated with his likeness, there will never be another like him.

Jackson leaves to mourn his indelible imprint, three children: 11-year old Prince Michael I, 12-year-old daughter Paris Michael Katherine and 7-year old son Prince Michael II along with the entire Jackson Family and the world.

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