Michael Jackson 3-Year Anniversary of Death

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Today marks the 3-year anniversary of Michael Jacksons death.  Millions of lives were changed that fateful day when Michaels body was found dead in his bed. Conrad Murray, his personal physician tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him. Jackson was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA medical center and was pronounced dead at 2:26 local time at the young age of 50. This unexpected death triggered a global outpour of grief. His memorial was held on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The family continued the service at Forest Lawn Memorial Parks Hall of Liberty more privately. The casket was present at the memorial service but to as where the body was finally rested no information was given. The event went down in history as the most watched live television broadcast with over 2.5 to 3 billion viewers. Jacksons 11-year old daughter cried as she stated, “Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine … I just wanted to say I love him … so much.” Every year people from all over the world travel to Jacksons star and the Forest Lawn Memorial Park to pay homage to his legacy. Like so many other celebrities after death Michael became the best-selling albums artist of 2009, selling over 35 million albums worldwide. In 2010 Sony announced the release of Michael with previously unreleased material and new collections of released work. Michael Jackson will eternally keep changing the lives of people through his music whether listening to his earlier work with The Jackson 5 or later achievements like Thriller, Billie Jean, and Beat It. Today many are gathering at MJ’s California ranch and his birthplace of Gary, Indiana to pay tribute. HIs brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon – are returning to the stage as The Jacksons this week.They announced their 16-city “Unity” tour, there will be slight updates to the “oldies” as well as a tribute with slideshow to the set’s final song “Gone Too Soon.” The shows mark the first time all of the remaining brothers have toured together since the 1980s “Victory” outing. Jermaine said rehearsals have been tough.“The brothers don’t know this, but I’ve broken down several times and cried during rehearsals,” he told the AP. “I’m so used to Michael being on the right and then Marlon, Jackie, on and on. It’s just something we never get used to.” RIP Michael Jackson.