Michael Jackson - one year later
By Stela Roman
This Friday, June 25th, will be one year since the King of Pop music, Michael Jackson was found unconscious in his California home. He was taken to a local hospital where he would later be pronounced dead. He was 50 and was preparing for a series of comeback concerts in London.
His doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray, was charged with involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death for administering the powerful anesthetic propofol to Jackson to help the pop star sleep.
His death created a media craze as search engines were overwhelmed with queries for 'Michael Jackson', and news channels like CNN, Fox and the BBC devoted a huge amount of time to covering the events surrounding his passing.
Sales for Michael Jackson's albums multiplied overnight. In the weeks following his death nine million copies of his albums were sold.
One year later his fans still grieve the death of the man that people call the King of Pop music.
At Jackson's final resting place at Forest Lawn in Glendale, California, about 500 fans filed past barricades Friday to get close to the mausoleum where Jackson is interred. Members of the Jackson family arrived at the cemetery Friday afternoon, and brother Tito Jackson shook the hands of a few waiting fans.
And while for many the fanfare surrounding his death has faded, years from now everyone will still remember where they were when they heard that the King of Pop had passed away.