Things to Remember on the 6th Anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Death
Sorry guys, but this post will not be (as promised) about Michael’s elder son seeing Randy Phillips and Tohme in his house just hours before his father’s death. For some reason that post didn’t write itself for the occasion and will have to wait until a later time.
Instead, same as many of us I was untangling the knot of emotions brought back by the memory of those days trying to understand the dominant feeling besides the ever-present sadness that Michael died so young and spent his last days under so much pressure from his so-called partners.
For me this predominant feeling is a total needlessness of this death, if a word like that belongs here at all. Indeed, what hurts most is that Michael’s death was easily avoidable and his life was kind of sacrificed to absolutely trivial matters, if not trifles.
And these matters have a direct bearing on the scene Prince Jackson witnessed on the night of June 25th after which he never saw his father alive again.
That evening the main point on the agenda of Conrad Murray and his AEG employers was not the life and health of a man without whom the whole tour was impossible – the main point on their agenda was the insurance and the need to obtain Michael’s agreement to send his medical records to London so that the new requirements of the insurance company were observed.
The medical records were ready as they had been sent to Murray by his assistant the day prior to that. They didn’t contain anything extraordinary from the point of view of Michael’s health and it was only Michael’s permission that was missing before Murray could send them to London.
The time was pressing as the new medical examination was to take place immediately upon Michael’s arrival in London, and the AEG people were all agog over it – if the requirements of the insurance company were not observed the $17mln insurance could be lost.
So it was most probably over that insurance policy that Randy Phillips and Tohme were haughtily talking to Murray on the night of Michael’s death holding him by the arm and sounding somewhat aggressive and demanding (which was the scene observed by Prince Jackson).
Another issue that night could be their burning desire to obtain Michael’s signature on Murray’s contract that would amount to Michael’s consent to cover all expenses on the doctor. The initial agreement with AEG was a different one – according to Tohme the medical expenses were AEG’s responsibility, but by June 2009 the only thought occupying Randy Phillips’s mind was cutting their costs on Michael Jackson, especially in case the insurance was not obtained, so all prior agreements with him were unceremoniously put aside.
Murray’s contract with AEG Live was lying in his car together with Randy Phillips visiting card and telephone, waiting for Michael’s signature. It was prepared by AEG that very day and nothing was more important for Murray than having that contract signed – otherwise he was afraid not to receive his back payment for the two months spent with Michael and his financial future was becoming vague and uncertain.
However the hopes of AEG and Murray to get Michael’s agreement to both of those points were not to be realized. Firstly, he didn’t permit Murray to send his medical records to London as he was of the opinion that nothing else was required of him after the first medical examination earlier that year. We know it for a fact from Murray’s long text to the insurance broker sent closer to the morning hours of that night, apparently after a discussion with MJ.
As to the signature on Murray’s contract – well, the odds that Michael refused to take upon himself the expenses on Murray’s services are very high too. From the start of his venture with AEG he was insistent that taking care of his health was one of AEG’s primary responsibilities – he compared himself with a “machine” and it is those who run it that should be most interested in taking care of it so that it is able to perform and run smoothly throughout the tour.
Many suspect that the ruined hopes for the insurance and the contract signature could be reasons enough for a foul play resulting in Michael’s death – nothing could be easier than opening the clamp on his IV tube and make the propofol run faster for a couple of moments, and that would be it.
And these suspicions are actually not that groundless as at least one witness heard on Murray’s telephone the mumble of voices over Michael’s dead body though at that moment Murray was supposed to be all alone with Michael in the room.
None of us know either at what time Tohme or Randy Phillips left Michael’s home that night (if they did at all) as all video tapes of comings and goings for that day mysteriously disappeared in the police vaults and the police say that they were accidentally erased.
And we’ve also seen a strange photo of Tohme and Randy Phillips entering the hospital premises together the morning after Michael’s death.
Similarly we were surprised to learn that the guards who were on duty the night of Michael’s death were fired by Tohme the very next morning and were replaced by some other people with no explanation.
All of it is indeed extremely strange but I suggest that today we don’t go any further and instead look at those two circumstances (insurance and signature) from a distance of 6 years.
DOOMED TO BE PONTIUS PILATE
Even if there was no foul play involved and Michael’s death was just an accident resulting from his partners’ agitation and fear of losing the insurance, and this is why Murray was rushing back and forth with some papers and telephone in his hand instead of monitoring his patient, the question still remains – is some insurance worth the tragedy it ended with?
Now that you look at it from a distance of 6 years all this fuss strikes you as petty, trivial and insignificant and certainly not equivalent to the value of a human life.
Some people think that their world is revolving around some insurance but years later it becomes clear that it was actually revolving around the man whose life they did not treasure, while the insurance was not worth even a fraction of his life.
What is some insurance in comparison with the loss of Michael Jackson whose death became an irreparable tragedy to all peoples of the world?
In fact, others spend more on charity than the AEG corporation was fearing to lose on their damned insurance. And even if it came to the worst and the tour was cancelled they would still have access to his assets (according to that promissory note) and possess all recordings of his rehearsals, which would sell for millions in any case – whether he was alive or dead.
And even in the totally unlikely case that none of it worked they would have still enjoyed a tremendous boost in their reputation and the fame of being the ones who brought back on stage the biggest megastar of the world.
And what now? Due to that petty fuss over some insurance a life is lost and AEG Live will forever enjoy the dubious fame of another Pontius Pilate as each time the death of one will be remembered, the name of the other will be remembered too, even if it weren’t literally them who nailed their victim to the cross.
So was some damned insurance worth the notoriety that will forever haunt AEG Live now, even when this corporation ceases to exist?
And what is their grudge over money to Murray in comparison with their ensuing profits, or Murray’s fuss over his contract compared to the fame he would have enjoyed if he had followed his medical duties properly and had been adequately equipped for the job?
What do all these considerations matter in comparison with the death of a man who trusted these people with his life and well-being but was sacrificed to their so-called “business interests” instead? If some business interests are so anti-human hadn’t they better go to hell?
Same as tobacco companies are obliged to warn customers that smoking of their produce kills, it’s high time some corporations warned their clients and entertained audience that their business interests kill too or at the very least are more important than a human life.
Whether it was neglect and total disregard for Michael or a much more wicked game than that, some insurance is certainly not worth the price of a life, especially if it is the life of a healthy man who was meant to live long, a genius of a dancer and composer who could have created lots of unforgettable music, and a father who – like all of us – was also dreaming of seeing his children grow up.
It is actually an insult that Murray and AEG officials are still enjoying life among their loved ones and Michael Jackson has been in grave for six years with his children having to grow up without him – and all of it due to someone’s greed over the insurance and salary of one of their employees!
No, these petty issues were not worth the tragedy for Michael’s orphaned children and an anguished cry that went over millions of people who also felt somehow orphaned by his death. As if by some miracle all these people immediately understood what a horrible injustice took place, while those who were directly involved in his death saw nothing extraordinary about it – life was going on for them and money matters were still coming first to these people:
“Michael’s death is a terrible tragedy, but life must go on. AEG will make a fortune from merch sales, ticket retention, the touring exhibition and the film/dvd.” – Randy Phillips of AEG Live
So what it boils down to is that the world lost a genius and a great human being because AEG and their medical employee were busy with the pettiest of issues while the man was dying, and when the family of the decedent dared to ask “Why?” they went furious and trashed his name inside out adding a lot of extra dirt to it.
And remember that Michael had a similar treatment from them while he was alive too – it was the same scorn (“a freak”), the same humiliation (“I slapped him”), the same hysteria (“I shouted at him so that the walls shook”), the same lies (“he agreed to 50 shows”) and the same cruelty (“he needs a straight jacket”).
This was the horrible way Michael had to spend his last days on earth.
It seems that the media realizes the huge injustice done to Michael Jackson and feels somewhat uncomfortable about it. Otherwise it would be impossible to explain why they prefer to forget the incident altogether and put a huge effort into portraying Michael as a good-for-nothing “addict” who died of an “overdose” and as a final argument hang on the absurd molestation stories told by some extremely shady characters.
By the way, if Michael’s life had not been sacrificed to someone’s greed there wouldn’t have been any new allegations either as no liars would have dared tell their ugly stories if they simply had to look Michael in the eye. The word “shame” is of course not applicable to Robson/Safechuck but if Michael were alive they would be too ashamed to slander him – of this I am sure.
And whether foul play or not, all these people are still responsible for Michael’s death. Some thought of the insurance more than the man their whole tour depended on, others were running on these people’s errands hoping to get the signatures for contracts they were craving for, and those who always wanted to tear Michael down got a free hand after his death to drag him through the mud with absolutely no repercussions for themselves and possibly even at a good profit too considering the enormity of his estate.
And what’s noteworthy is that those who directly contributed to Michael’s death then, are now also extremely interested in portraying him in the worst light possible so that no one feels sorry for this “drug addict” and “molester” which he actually never was.
The pattern is simple and banal as all evil – first they did him in and when people began to mourn and ask questions they started smearing his name with double force or ignore his death hoping that it would be quickly forgotten.
And this is probably the main reason why the media articles marking the 6th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death are so totally ridiculous.
THIS IS ALL THEY HAVE TO SAY ABOUT MICHAEL
Look at this CNN piece for example – I’ve never read a more incoherent and shallow story than this one:
(CNN)Michael Jackson died June 25, 2009, but for many of his fans, it feels like yesterday.
From the radio to the Internet, the King of Pop is being remembered today for his legacy of music and superstardom.
A cappella group Pentatonix performed a mashup of 25 MJ songs in an “Evolution of Michael Jackson” video that has gotten more than 3 million views. Billboard called it “the perfect tribute.”
While some make the trek to Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Hollywood Hills, California, to view his grave, one website hosts an annual “A rose for Michael Jackson” event in which fans from around the world buy roses via Paypal and leave messages on a memorial page.
Many have been using social media to share their feelings of love and loss. A constant theme for fans has been that Jackson, who died from an overdose of propofol, will remain forever in the hearts of those who admired him.
On Twitter, #6yearswithoutMichaeljackson trended worldwide, with one fan noting that “no one will ever come close to being the man that he was.”
Time magazine published never-before-seen photos of Jackson from the 1970s, captured by photographer Alix Dejean.
“I had a lot of admiration for Michael,” said Dejean, who was introduced to the singer by Mamadou Johnny Sekka, director of the documentary “Jackson 5 in Africa.” “I loved him.”
The ABC News piece also devoted one sentence to Michael’s illustrious career but placed much focus on his legal troubles and “alleged molestation” issues.
Their intention to smear Michael’s name will become all the more clear to you when you read their comment on the picture accompanying their so-called story – it unabashedly reminds people that “Michael Jackson Court Case Continues”.
How nice. And also how true.
Today Is The Sixth Anniversary Of Michael Jackson’s Death
06/25/2015 07:09 AM
Michael Jackson Court Case Continues (Justin Sullivan, 2005 Getty Images)
Los Angeles, CA (ABC9 News) – June 25, 2009 is a day that will live in infamy for music fans.
The iconic singer Michael Jackson died six years ago on this date.
The “King of Pop” had a long and illustrious career.
It all started with the family band when he was a kid.
Michael was the lead singer of the “Jackson Five.” The group had hits like ABC, I’ll Be There, Blame It On The Boogie, and Rockin’ Robin.
But his legend only grew when he split from the band.
During the 1980’s Michael had legendary hits like Thriller, Beat It, Bad, and Billie Jean.
Jackson is also known for his eccentric personality, with many legal troubles, including a number of alleged molestation claims.
Michael Jackson was 50 years old when he died.
Impressive coverage, isn’t it? So it was the Jackson 5 and Billie Jean. And in the 1980s only. And Michael Jackson was nothing but a singer. Also known for his eccentric personality, etc. etc. And this is all they have to say about their great compatriot.
The US media is definitely trying to belittle Michael Jackson’s gift to the world and is downplaying his talent, impact and fame. But the impression their efforts produce is somewhat paradoxical and unexpected – when you see so obvious an effort to depreciate Michael Jackson’s magnitude you don’t even know whether to cry or laugh. They are trying so hard that it is even pathetic.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY
While the US media is being so obviously and intentionally tight-lipped about Michael Jackson, a really good coverage of his legacy is coming from other places – for example, India:
INDIATODAY.IN NEW DELHI, JUNE 25, 2015 | UPDATED 12:33 IST
Michael Jackson’s 6th death anniversary: Everything you would like to know about the King of Pop
“You can be extremely talented but if you do not get ready and work according to the plan you will fail.”
This was the King of Pop, Michael Joseph Jackson. A singer, lyricist, producer, dancer and actor, Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958. Well-known for his moon walk and ability to lean forward with the help of his anti-gravity boots, Jackson won several awards in his career. He was awarded with World Music Award for Best Selling Male Artist of the Millennium, 26 American Music Award, inducted into Hall of Fame, 13 Grammy awards and the list goes on.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 and on his 6th death anniversary today, here are few facts about the king of pop, you would not like to overlook:
- His solo career began in 1972 and Michael released four solo studio albums with Motown (American record company) in 1975. He became an overnight star with ‘Got to Be There’, ‘Ben’ and ‘Music & Me’
- It has been acknowledged by his father Joe that he regularly whipped and abused Michael Jackson. Although Jackson credited his father’s strict discipline for playing a large role in his success
- Due to his father, Jackson always had deep dissatisfaction with his appearance. He had admitted that his nightmares and chronic sleep problems, his tendency to remain hyper-compliant and to remain childlike throughout his adult life, were consistent because of the maltreatment he endured
- He was only five years old when he gave his first public performance
- In 1979, Jackson broke his nose during a complex dance routine
- Jackson invented and owns the patent for the special anti-gravity boots he wore that allowed him to lean forward in live performances
- It is said that he borrowed the Moonwalk from street dancers he saw outside of his hotel
- Jackson suffered from a rare skin called Vitiligo in 1986 which, as was said, was the consequence of skin bleaching. His illnesses made him sensitive to sunlight
- The treatments he used further lightened his skin and he had to apply pancake makeup to hide the blotches developed on his skin
- Jackson regularly wore a black armband to remind people of children suffering around the world
- At the time of his death Jackson was rehearsing for his greatest comeback, with 50 shows scheduled in London
- His first autobiography, Moonwalk, took four years to complete and sold 200,000 copies
- He was the founder of the Heal the World Foundation. The charity brought underprivileged children to Jackson’s farm to enjoy theme park rides that Jackson had built
- Since Michael Jackson was a private drinker, he would request his wine to be served in diet coke cans during flights. He did not want his kids to see him drinking alcohol
- As it has been reported, Michael Jackson had a meeting in one of the Twin Towers on the morning of 9/11, but missed it because he overslept
- He was invited in the White House to receive an award from President Ronald Reagan for his support of charities
- After his death, three of his previous albums were sold more than any new album
- The news of his death spread quickly causing websites like Wikipedia and Twitter to slow down and crash from user overload
- Michael Jackson was inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980 as member of the Jacksons and in 1984 as solo artist. He was the first artist to be inducted into the Walk of Fame twice.
The UK media is not generally too gracious towards Michael Jackson but this time it is really impressive with its emotional headline saying that six years have passed but everyone is still missing Michael like crazy.
That’s true, and every new year without him makes it only worse.
Michael Jackson died 6 years ago today and everyone is still missing him like crazy
Ann Lee for Metro.co.ukThursday 25 Jun 2015 8:47 am
The ultimate King of Pop.
Six years ago today, the world lost a musical legend.
Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009 aged 50 in his bed at his Los Angeles home from a cardiac arrest brought on by acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.
His death was ruled homicide by the Los Angeles County Coroner and his personal physician Conrad Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
Fans paid tribute to the late star today using the hashtag #6YearsWithoutMichaelJackson on Twitter.
- Some people make music, some people change music. He has changed the music industry.
- Missing the KING more than ever today. How I wish I could go back in time.
- MJ completely revolutionized the music world – especially when it comes to music videos. He needs more credit.
- Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight, here one day, gone one night.
- We just can’t stop loving you.
- Вернись, пожалуйста. [Come back please]
- Просто будем плакать и глядеть в зеркало.Изменим мир,господа [Let us simply cry and look in the mirror. Ladies and gentlemen, let us change the world] http://metro.co.uk/2015/06/25/michael-jackson-died-6-years-ago-today-and-everyone-is-still-missing-him-like-crazy-5264811/
Another UK source tells the truth about Michael Jackson quoting the book by his two bodyguards Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard “Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days”.
And it suddenly turns out that the true facts about Michael are more exciting and intriguing than lies. Those who are sick and tired of the caricature the media made of him will have much food for thought when they read this:
Secret girlfriends & family feuds: Michael Jackson’s bodyguards reveal the shocking truth
MYSTERY LOVERS, family rifts, code names and shooting hoops – Michael Jackson’s security team reveal what life was really like with the King Of Pop in his final years.
PUBLISHED: 00:05, Thu, Jun 25, 2015
As we mark the sixth anniversary of his death, it’s easy to remember the worldwide shock when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009.
Since then, many people have attempted to make sense of his decline over his final years, but few were as well-placed to observe it as Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard. Both men served as Jackson’s security team from December 2006 right up to his untimely death, and had remarkable access to the man behind the myths.
In their book, Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days, Whitfield and Beard, along with Tanner Colby, present an unprecedented first-hand account of the last years of the superstar’s life.
The authors exclusively spoke to Express.co.uk and revealed some incredible insights into The King Of Pop’s personal life – his security fears, the extreme lengths to which he went to protect his children Paris, Michael aka “Prince” and Prince Michael aka “Blanket”, and his increasing distance from his own family. But they also stressed the more positive sides of his character that often get lost or overlooked in all the drama.
“We had the privilege of serving as Michael Jackson’s personal Las Vegas security team for the last two and a half years of his life. In that time we got to know a man, a kind and generous person and a loving father, who was completely different from the cartoonish figure portrayed in the tabloids,” they said.
In their own words, scroll down for their 10 surprising revelations about Michael Jackson’s final years.
And if you want to remember the time when the much-missed superstar ruled the charts, watch our round up of Michael Jackson’s Top 15 moments on video.
Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard’s Top 10 revelations about Michael Jackson:
- SECRET LOVERS
Mr Jackson had at least two secret girlfriends who lived abroad. We met them when they flew in to visit during a summer vacation in Middleburg, Virginia.
He kept their presence a secret from his family, his managers, even his children.
We were the only two privy to their arrival, and even we were never told their real names; he referred to them only as “Friend” and “Flower”.
- BUGGED BY BUGGING
Michael Jackson lived in fear of being secretly recorded. Before Mr Jackson entered any hotel room or conference room, he would have us sweep the room for cameras or listening devices.
If he even suspected that a room was bugged, he’d insist on changing rooms. When he discovered that a limousine company had failed to disconnect the security cameras mounted inside a car we’d rented, he had us confiscate the vehicle and hold it in the garage until the company agreed to turn over the recordings it had made so that they could be destroyed.
It wasn’t just paranoia. In 2003, a private conversation between Mr Jackson and his lawyer had been taped without their knowledge and shopped to the tabloids.
Even Janet had to make an appointment to see her brother
Bill Whitfield, Javon Beard and Tanner Colby
- FAMILY SPLIT
By the time he returned to America from Bahrain and Ireland in late 2007, Mr Jackson was almost completely estranged from everyone in his family except his mother.
She would drop by unannounced and he always welcomed her. Everyone else had to have an appointment to see him. Even Janet.
On numerous occasions, his famous siblings would arrive, sometimes breaking through the security gate, only to be turned away.
- BOOK WORM
Too famous to leave his house very often, Michael Jackson was a huge reader.
He devoured books on history, art, science, you name it.
On a single trip to the bookstore, he’d drop $5,000 on books like he was buying a pack of gum.
During a 2007 visit to Los Angeles, he found a used book store he liked so much that he bought it for $100,000 cash on the spot and had the entire collection hauled back to his Las Vegas home.
- CODE NAME KIDS
Most people know that in public, Mr Jackson required his children to wear masks in order to hide their identities from the paparazzi.
That wasn’t the only precaution he took.
He also gave the children code names to use with each other and for us to use over the radio. They were never to use their real names outside of the house.
- KING OF CLASSICS
Michael Jackson may have been the King of Pop, but in his private time he listened almost exclusively to classical music. Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky – that was the soundtrack running in his car and his house all the time.
- A FRIEND IN DEED
Much to our surprise, Mr Jackson revealed to us that after OJ Simpson was acquitted for the murder of his wife, he allowed the disgraced football player to take refuge from the media at his Neverland Ranch.
- MEDIA BLACKOUT
In his final years, Michael Jackson had virtually blocked out the entire world.
Thanks to the relentless and typically negative tabloid coverage of his life, Jackson wouldn’t watch broadcast or cable TV, only DVDs. He had no computer and would typically have one of us search the Internet and send emails on his behalf.
On trips to bookstore and newsstands, we had to pre-screen the newspaper and magazine racks to make sure there were no Michael Jackson-related stories that he or the children might see.
The only American news Mr Jackson consumed was The Wall Street Journal, which he read religiously every morning, because it was one of the few places he was unlikely to read crazy allegations about his personal life.
- HITTING THE HOOPS
One of Mr Jackson’s favorite pastimes was playing basketball. He and his brothers learned how to play at Marvin Gaye’s house back in the Jackson 5 days.
He would go out to the driveway all the time and just shoot hoops by himself for a few hours. It was his way to relax and unwind. He had a pretty good jump shot, too.
- NEVER NEVERLAND
After Santa Barbara sheriffs ransacked Jackson’s Neverland mansion in 2003, he declared that he could never live there again; it was no longer a home where he felt safe.
Five years later, in 2008, the estate was exactly as the sheriffs had left it: drawers ransacked, furniture overturned, everything gathering dust.
Jackson and his children spent the remaining years of his life living in hotels and rented homes.
An a cappella group called Pentatonix made an excellent tribute to Michael Jackson that would fit the standards of perfection of Michael himself. They tackle 25 of his songs in less than six minutes and collect millions of views within just one day.
These millions of people evidently didn’t read what the US media says about Michael – that he was just a “singer” who had some hits only in the 1980s:
And one more UK source speaks of Michael’s children as probably the best tribute to their father. Prince Jackson graduated from high school with honors and will go to the university next fall. Paris has turned into an elegant young lady and looks happy in the company of a friend Chester Castellaw, and Blanket is busy with all sorts of activities including martial arts.
Remembering Michael Jackson: How Prince, Paris and Blanket Are Coping 6 Years After Their Dad’s Tragic Death
by Mike Vulpo Today 5:00 AM PDT
It’s hard to believe that six years ago today, fans around the world heard the shocking news that Michael Jackson had passed away.
While every anniversary brings a variety of emotions to fans of the “King of Pop,” one can’t help but acknowledge the growth the singer’s three children have experienced in the spotlight.
Just last month, Prince Jackson graduated from a private California high school with honors. The milestone was a family affair that featured plenty of celebrations.
“So very proud of @Princemjjjaxon,” aunt LaToya Jackson tweeted after the ceremony. “YOU DID! And you did it with Honors!!! #BuckleyClassof2015.”
Cousin T. J. Jackson added, “Prince, you have grown into an incredibly special young man. Words can’t express how proud I am of you.” Prince is expected to begin college at Loyola Marymount University this fall. https://instagram.com/p/3UPKtwFiqX/
Not to be outdone, younger sister Paris Jackson appears to have a very special friend in her life. Earlier this spring, the 17-year-old was spotted out enjoying quality time with soccer club member Chester Castellaw. In fact, they recently stepped out onto a red carpet together and made quite the dynamic duo.
Finally, Blanket continues to stay busy with a variety of activities. When not attending private school, the 13-year-old has been involved with martial arts while still hanging out with his extended family.
It’s safe to say Michael would be one proud father.
Michael’s children are indeed his best creation and the way they are turning out is truly amazing, especially considering the amount of suffering and pain they had to go through. And if Michael were alive he would indeed be one proud father.
If he were alive.
Please always remember why he is not.