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Is Music Legend Michael Jackson Really Dead? 24,000 Unsure Fans Ask Google Every Year Since Singer's Death
IS HE OR ISN'T HE? Is Michael Jackson really dead? If so, when, where and how did he die? These are just some of the questions thousands of online fans around the world still ask about the late pop music celebrity every month.
IS MICHAEL JACKSON REALLY DEAD? Thousands of the late music celebrity's fans around the world still Google this question every month. So, why is it that they don't believe it? By Ben Arogundade.
WHEN DID MICHAEL JACKSON DIE? The date was June 25, 2009. But some fans don't believe it. Approximately 2,000 of them in fact. This is the number of Internet users that Google the question, “Is Michael Jackson really dead?” every month. That adds up to almost 24,000 online fans a year.
WHEN, WHERE, HOW? THE FACTS These are the facts: Michael Jackson died, aged 50, in his rented home in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles in 2009, as he was preparing for a series of comeback music concerts at London’s 02 Arena. The cause of death was an overdose of the drugs propofol and benzodiazepine following a cardiac arrest. The Los Angeles County Coroner subsequently pronounced his death a homicide, and his personal physician, Conrad Murray, was tried and convicted of involuntary manslaughter on November 8, 2011.
The public response to the news that Jackson was dead was extraordinary. The websites Twitter, Wikipedia and AOL Instant Messenger all crashed under the strain of frenetic activity as news spread worldwide. An estimated one billion people watched the music star's memorial service live on television, and 35 million additional albums of his were sold in the first year following his demise.
FANS QUESTION IF JACKSON REALLY DID DIE The circumstances surrounding his death, and the fanaticism of some of his fans, for whom he is nothing less than a pop deity, have lead many to question whether or not the Grammy award-winning celebrity is actually dead. In similar fashion to the disbelief that greeted the death of Elvis Presley in 1977 amongst diehard fans, many Jackson fans are also in two minds.
The 2,000 Internet users worldwide that type the exact phrase, “Is Michael Jackson really dead?” into Google’s search engine each and every month, are most likely fans that have heard one of the prevailing conspiracy theories that have peppered the blogosphere ever since the singer’s death. In true melodramatic fashion, they suggest that Jackson may have faked his own death, perhaps with the assistance of one of his many professional look-a-likes, in order to escape the pressures of his life under the spotlight, and his then massive debts. Of course, there is no proof of any of these wild claims, but they do serve one important purpose for diehard fans of the King Of Pop — and that is to keep his legacy alive.