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Michael Jackson’s Death: Two Years Later

Mike Vulpo |
June 25, 2011 | 10:56 a.m. PDT

Associate Entertainment Editor

RIP Michael Jackson
RIP Michael Jackson
Two years ago today, fans around the world were shocked to learn Michael Jackson was being rushed to a Los Angeles hospital and would later be pronounced dead that afternoon. Music fans were left stunned and saddened by the loss of a musician whose lyrics impacted and inspired so many people.

Today, as people commemorate the second anniversary of Jackson’s passing, his music, his messages of hope, and the search for answers to his untimely death remain.

Dr. Conrad Murray is awaiting trial and remains accused of involuntary manslaughter. Authorities believe Dr. Murray was responsible for administering the pop icon's fatal dose of meds. The defendant, however, adamantly maintains his innocence and is not expected to accept a plea deal.

Just this week, Michael’s sister, LaToya Jackson, was promoting her new book, “Starting Over.” She discussed on NBC’s “Today” show that she believes Michael feared for his life in the weeks before his death and that Dr. Conrad Murray is only part of a "conspiracy." She referred to Dr. Murray as “the fall guy.”

On a more positive note, Jackson’s kids have been handling their father’s passing well. Prince, Paris, and Blanket remain in the care of Grandmother Katherine Jackson and were spotted going to a movie on Friday according to Pop Eater.

Fans of the late musician are expected today at Michael’s Las Vegas estate which will be opened for the first time, for only four hours, in order for fans to pay their respects. Also in Las Vegas later this year, Cirque du Soleil will kick off “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour.

Fans can view a gallery of Michael Jackson’s life - from the Jackson 5 days to becoming a solo artist - on MTV.com here.

TMZ, who first broke the story two years ago, posted a timeline of the events that played out like a Hollywood tragedy. You can view that here.

In addition, posted below is video of MSNBC’s coverage of Michael Jackson’s death two years ago. Many people remember exactly where they were when they first heard the news.

Everyone has their opinions on Michael Jackson. Nonetheless, his music from “Thriller,” “Man In The Mirror,” “Heal The World,” “Smooth Criminal,” and others still sound as good today as they were when released decades ago.

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Javier (not verified) on June 25, 2011 4:15 PM

Michael Jackson was a sick man who doesn't deserve this attention. Watch about one of the boy's whose lives he ruined:


He is a recluse now because MJ fans have harassed him, and even tried to kill him for coming forward about his abuse.

Brandt Hardin (not verified) on June 25, 2011 11:21 AM

Michael’s death and life are surrounded by so much controversy even two years later. Our celebrity-worship goes too far in creating our own ideas of icons such as MJ, as to leave a warped dynasty of myth and legend. Who was The King of Pop beneath the different faces? Check out my surreal portrait in commemoration of his passing and tell me about what you remember about him at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/06/in-memoriam-king-of-pop.html

katja wahlstrom (not verified) on June 25, 2011 12:19 PM

Apart from his magical artistry the most important thing Michael Jackson's fate thought us was the tragic fact that we still have a hard time accepting people that are different - even if they are kind and gentle. Next time we feel we have the right to bully and ridicule someone who stands us - let ut stop for a minute and ask ourselves - is this really right? MJ's message of love, hope and tolerance will always be the most important thing there is in life - istn't it time we pick up where he left and start living his message?