Michael Jackson’s tragic death has saturated the news media like no other story since the death of Princess Diana, and as if there were no other important stories to follow. The equally tragic death of Farrah Fawcett has been but a footnote. And what’s happened to the protesters on the streets of Tehran demanding democratic reforms? Hasn’t there been a brutal crackdown by the Iranian regime? And wasn’t there something about a cheating Republican Governor who slipped away to Argentina to have a affair? What’s his name? What is clear is that Michael Jackson in death is larger than life. And though enormously popular and successful throughout his career with millions of adoring fans worldwide, the King of Pop led a lonely, at times reclusive and often bizarre lifestyle that both fascinated and repulsed the general public. Dead at 50, Michael predicted he’d follow in the footsteps of another King….Elvis, whose daughter, Lisa Marie, MJ was married to briefly. Like Elvis, MJ, by many accounts had became addicted to prescription medication which compromised his health and could very well have been a contributing factor to his untimely death. According to Deepak Chopra in a tribute piece published in the Huffington Post, unscrupulous physicians enabled Michael’s drug habit.
In a CNN Interview with Wolf Blitzer, Chopra said:
there’s a plethora of doctors in Hollywood, they are drug-peddlers…they are drug- pushers. They just happen to be having a medical license…And I hope that this episode today, this tragic death of a great human being, will bring to light the huge problem we have in Hollywood with some of the medical establishment, the celebrity doctors who not only initiate people into the drug experience, but then they perpetuate it, so that the — the people become dependent on them….the number-one cause of drug addiction in the world, and particularly in the — the United States, is not street drugs, but medical prescriptions given legally by physicians.”
Millions of fans will remember him for his music and generosity; for the joy and excitement he brought to their lives through music and entertainment. A cultural icon with superhuman talents, Michael Jackson was also generous with his time and money supporting many charitable causes to better the lives of people around the world.
I’ll remember him most for these 12 songs:
Off the Wall (1979)
- Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
- Rock With You
- Off The Wall
- Want To Be Startin’ Somethin’
- The Girl Is Mine
- Beat It
- Billie Jean
- The Way You Make Me Feel
- Black Or White
RIP Michael Jackson.