African Vibes Magazine Fans remember the King of Pop

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
Photo by Alan Light from Wikimedia Commons

Michael Jackson was pronounced dead on 25th June 09 after paramedics found him in a coma following a panic-stricken phone call from the superstar’s Los Angeles mansion. Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. responded to the alert and arrived at the home in Carolwood Drive off Sunset Boulevard to find the 50-year-old singer collapsed and not breathing. He had suffered a cardiac arrest. He was later pronounced dead that afternoon.

His death comes barely a month before his scheduled come back concerts which were supposed to be his last. The star announced this a few months before his death saying “These will be my final show performances in London. This is it. When I say this is it, this is it.”

Fans gathered in different places around the country, singing some of his songs.

Despite his eccentric lifestyle and the controversies that surrounded him later on in life, the impact of Jackson on the music industry and on his fans cannot be ignored.

Facebook Reactions from Our Friends

We asked our Facebook friends to share their favorite music and memories and here is what some of them had to say.

“We-eh! this is just terrible news. I always thought Michael was immortal. my favorite Michael song? no contest: smooth criminal.

that is one of the most stylish videos ever. MJ was a genius! may he make the best music with the angels and rest with his ancestors.” –

“Sad sad day for music! Difficult choice as there are a couple of favorites! Given the circumstances, I’d like to say ‘Gone too soon’ but my all-time favorites are ‘Remember the time’, ‘Heal the World’ & ‘Man in the Mirror’
His ‘Thriller’ video is groundbreaking & definitely out of this world!!! He rests!!!” –

“I just love ”heal the world” that song will always remain in my heart. Michael Jackson was a great Hero, he thought us how to break,” oh what a world” an empty one at that. Adieu Michael” –

“My favorite song of Michael is Black and White. This song made me look at Michael as a reformer trying to bring unity among race. I will miss you. May your soul rest in peace.”

Michael’s biggest mistake

“Well detailed and updated research from authentic sources, tell me that your color change related surgeries are the sole if not a major cause of your latter health deterioration. It is a sad thing that others who today have (in all domains thinkable), would be considered martyrs, but you, though King of pop, would be considered a victim of racial complex! Well ”good” thing the ”fallen” part of your awesome career came when you changed to become ”white”.

No offense to the white race, I am not trying to sound racial, but it is as to say, that change was the BIG mistake! You have marked so many, in and out of the music industry. My fav songs (He is a Legend there has got to be more than 1!) are: ”Smooth Criminal”, ”The Girl Is Mine” and ”Speechless”. RIP” –

“I pinched myself yesterday, thinking I was dreaming it all. I just want it not to be true. For me the list is endless, but my fav of all is ‘Do you remember the time, that we fell in love’. We will miss you Michael Jackson(MJ),but you will live in us through your music. Adieu!!” – Pamela Macaulay

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  1. The Jackson 5 hit the music scene when I was 4 years old so I have been hearing the name MIchael Jackson literally my entire life. It’s like he was a distant
    cousin or something. As I have grown from a child to a teen to a man, I have watched Michael do the same. So many of us have. Millions of us have. I believe that is why millions upon millions are mourning his untimely and suspicious death. I remember when Elvis Presley died – I was 12 shovelling dog shit in my backyard when my sister opened my parents bedroom window at 9am in the morning and yelled out that “Elvis is dead!” I remember where I was when Marvin Gaye died. I was in college, a freshman and one of my dormmaetes knocked on my door on the way to his room and announced that (ironically) Michael Jackson had died. I froze and then immediately called him a liar (After all, it was April Fools Day). My dormmate then came clean and said that it was Marvin Gaye who had actually died. Now, I recall where I was when I got the news that Michael Jackson had died — in my office, reading a screenplay when I received a text from a longtime close friend that only said “Michael Jackson died”. I could not believe what I was reading and immediately turned on the tv in the room and it only said he was hospitalized. An hour later, they confirmed what the text had said — that the King of Pop is dead.

    I live less than 2 miles from Michael Jackson’s family home. Yesterday, one day after The King’s death, I joined hundreds of fans in front of the home to pay my respects and take pictures in front of the huge memorial his many fans have made right in front of the Jackson Family compound. I want to be able to say that I was there the day after The King died; that i mourned him like the rest of his fans in front of the home where he grew from a boy into a man.

    Few human beings in the history of this planet have been as famous and beloved as Michael Jackson. Even at the tender age of 50, knowing that is not a bad way to go.

  2. Michael Joseph Jackson was deemed by himself as the “King of Pop”; a well deserving title. MJJ was a role model, an International icon and a naturally gifted artist/entertainer.
    Michael J. Jackson was a trailblazer who paved the way for countless artists and individuals to achieve and to live their dreams.
    MJ was recognized by the Guiness Book of World Records for raising and donating millions of dollars, within a short time frame, to over 37 charitable organizations, including UNICEF and for HIV/AIDS and cancer research etc … He was a compassionate, caring and loving father, brother and son.There is no other like MJ; he is irreplaceable, was well loved and will be dearly missed. May his soul rest in peace … RIP