Thursday 20 July 2017

Michael Jackson remembered by fans

Michael Jackson is being remembered a year after his death
Michael Jackson is being remembered a year after his death

A year after Michael Jackson's death caused a worldwide outpouring of shock, tears and tributes, the anniversary of his passing was being marked on a quieter scale as fans remembered their fallen King of Pop with vigils, prayer and, of course, music.

The electric, enigmatic and troubled star died on June 25 2009 aged 50 as he was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London.

Dr Conrad Murray is charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death for administering the powerful anaesthetic propofol to Jackson to help the pop star sleep.

Some radio stations woke up listeners to Jackson's music; on US television, all the major networks devoted a portion of their morning news programmes to Jackson and more coverage was expected during prime-time hours. Events were held across the globe, from Tokyo to New York.

At Jackson's final resting place at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California, hundreds of fans, some weeping, filed past barricades to get close to the mausoleum where Jackson is interred. Some carried bouquets while others were armed with cameras to document the moment.

Across the country in New York, pictures of Jackson hung on a wall outside Harlem's Apollo Theatre, where Jackson and his brothers won the amateur night competition in the late 1960s. A sidewalk plaque honoured the singer alongside such other legends as James Brown and Smokey Robinson.

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