It has been two months since Michael Jackson died, and yet his body has still not been laid to rest. In some ways I still haven’t grasped the fact that he is gone. It doesn’t seem real, even though his death has made news headlines almost every day since that shocking day June 25.
It has been two months since Michael Jackson died, and yet his body has still not been laid to rest.
In some ways I still haven’t grasped the fact that he is gone. It doesn’t seem real, even though his death has made news headlines almost every day since that shocking day June 25.
I find it ironic that while the King of Pop was alive he could seldom find peace, and now in death, he’s still not at peace. It’s sad, really.
Jackson’s funeral was a beautiful showcase of a man who touched so many with his music and dance. I don’t think I’ll ever forget his daughter, Paris, and her stirring words of love.
But amid the sorrow, sympathies and well-wishes for the Jackson family came the flurry of headlines over custody of his children, the allegations of drug use, the idea he may or may not be the children’s father, money, contracts, debt, burial rights and location, autopsy and coroner reports, staff issues, he-said/she said, rehashing of old court trials, sexual abuse and molestation, you name it … it’s been talked about.
Jackson was probably the most-recognized figure in recent pop culture history. His death is news, which is why these topics warrant coverage. But it has been overdone, overshadowing an icon gone too soon.
I’m afraid the news regarding Jackson won’t be go away any time soon especially after a coroner ruled Jackson’s death a homicide on Monday. It’s been determined a fatal combination of drugs was given to Jackson just hours before he died. The powerful anesthetic Propofol acted together with at least two other sedatives to cause his death.
This can only mean that Dr. Conrad Murray could possibly face criminal charges. He was the live-in doctor who administered the drugs to Michael.
Media outlets have been quick to criticize Jackson for having a drug problem, some even reporting he begged people for this drug. Whether that is true or not doesn’t matter. The fact remains, someone had to get the drug and someone had to give it to him. It’s beginning to appear that that someone is Murray.
I find it hard to believe Jackson was a junkie. It doesn’t mean he didn’t have issues or that he didn’t struggle with prescription drugs. But if he was so wasted, as some reports have indicated, how could he have been the father so many claim he was, including his own children, and how could he just two days before rehearse for more than eight hours for his upcoming performances at the O2 Arena in London? Something doesn’t add up.
I’m sure we’ll see the events unfold on the news, and perhaps see that he indeed is laid to rest, too.
Until then, his CD sales continue to dominate Billboard’s Pop Album’s chart either solo or with the Jackson 5. The Jackson family is planning a tribute concert to be held in Vienna, Austria, with Madonna, Whitney Houston and U2 as possible acts scheduled to perform Jackson songs.
Jackson’s last rehearsal and months leading up to the O2 shows will also be featured on the big screen for two weeks beginning Oct. 30. Ironically, it’s being called “This Is It.”
We all know that won’t be the case.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis (Mich.) Journal correspondent. E-mail him at email@example.com.