Michael Jackson: On anniversary of his death, AEG trials opens wounds

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LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2013 — It’s hard to believe, but today is already the fourth anniversary of megastar entertainer Michael Jackson’s shocking and tragic death at the tender age of 50. While four years is a relatively long time, the King of Pop’s avid fans still bitterly mourn his death, and controversy continues to swirl around details of the entertainer’s death as well as the lives and actions of surviving family members.

Earlier this month, Jackson’s 15-year old daughter, Paris, the child of the entertainer and Debbie Rowe, was hospitalized after an apparent suicide attempt that apparently involved an overdose of Motrin as well as her use of a kitchen knife to cut her own wrist.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Bekloff had ordered an inquiry on the incident. He later stated he wouldn’t make any changes to Paris Jackson’s guardianship arrangement with the singer’s mother, Katherine, after he examined an investigator’s positive report on the Jackson offsprings’ well-being and met with Jackson’s mother’s attorney, Perry Sanders, Jr.

Jackson’s other children are Michael Joseph (Prince) Jackson, Jr., 16, whose mother is also Ms. Rowe; and Prince Michael (Blanket) Jackson II who was born to a surrogate mother in 2002 after the elder Jackson and Ms. Rowe were divorced. Jackson had earlier been married to and divorced from Lisa Marie Presley, Elvis Presley’s only daughter from 1994 to 1996, but that union produced no children.

In the years preceding his death, The Gloved One, renowned for his eccentric lifestyle, was brought up on a succession of child molestation and additional charges, none of which ended up getting him sentenced. However, just this spring, Wade Robinson, the singer’s former friend, made fresh allegations of child molestation, reigniting the entire controversy.

It is likely that this new allegation may have touched off Paris Jackson’s recent suicide attempt. In a June 6 article, WTC reporter Susan Ruth noted that on top of being unhappily and inadvertently involved in additional legal actions regarding her late father, the Wade Robinson allegations had hit her hard. In addition, according to Susan Ruth, “Paris had recently admitted that she was a victim of bullying at school and on the Internet in part based on Robson’s recent accusations toward Michael Jackson. Paris’ twitter account has contained posts saying that she was a ‘lowlife’ because her mother had sold her and her father has died.

“The Twitter bullying she receives and her father being brought back up in the news by Wade Robson’s claims has really thrown her in a tailspin,” Ruth added, citing a report in HollywoodLife.com

Paris Jackson’s father himself was determined to have died from cardiac arrest, judged to have been precipitated by a “recklessly administered” lethal dose of Propofol by his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray who was ultimately convicted and sentenced in 2011 after a six-week trial for administering it.

Jackson’s faithful fans continue to mourn his death. In a Washington Times Communities article published here a year ago, WTC writer Shirley Husar described the third anniversary memorial scene at Glendale, California’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park “where Michael Jackson is interred in the mausoleum.”

She further noted that “colorful long-stemmed roses and other flowers, were displayed in abundance, and that faithful fans “cried and sang his songs amongst the beautiful bouquets, teddy bears, stuffed animals, postcards and flowers—sent from as far away as China, Japan, Rome, Italy and Russia—all crowding the makeshift memorial site.”

TMZ describes something of an instant replay this year, citing the “massive piles of flowers outside the King of Pop’s mausoleum today,” and noting that “one MJ fan group—called ‘One Rose for Michael Jackson”—donated more than 10,000 roses to the grave site.

“A rep for Forest Lawn,” continues TMZ’s report, stated that “fans will continue to be allowed to place flowers at MJ’s grave throughout the day … and the flowers will remain on site for the rest of the week.” 


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Terry Ponick

Now writing on investing, politics, music, and theater for the Washington Times Communities, Terry was the longtime music and culture critic for the Washington Times (1994-2009). 

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