MENTOR: Blagica Arizanova

STUDENT: Martina Midzova

Veles, 2012


1. Introduction…………………………………………………………………..3 2. The Life and Death of Michael Jackson………………………………….......4 2.1 The Life of Michael Jackson...............................................................4 2.2 Michael Jackson’s health and appearance..........................................7 2.3 The death of Michael Jackson............................................................7 3. Michael Jackson, Dead or Alive?.....................................................................8 3.1 Was the Hoax created by Illuminati?..................................................8 3.2 Is Dr. Murray a Mason?......................................................................9 3.3 Surveillance Tape hoax?.....................................................................9 3.4 Conrad Murray killed Michael Jackson on purpose?.........................10 4. Conclusion........................................................................................................11
5. References.........................................................................................................12


1. Introduction Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. Often referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ, Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contribution to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5, then the Jacksons in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971.


2. The Life and Death of Michael Jackson 2.1 The Life of Michael Jackson Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, the eighth of ten children in an African American working-class family who lived in a small 3-room house in Gary, Indiana, an industrial city near Chicago. His mother, Katherine Esther Scruse, was a devout Jehovah's Witness, and his father, Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson, was a steel mill worker who performed with an R&B band called The Falcons. Jackson had three sisters: Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet, and five brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy. A sixth brother, Brandon, died shortly after birth. In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by brothers Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine. Jackson later began performing backup vocals and dancing. When he was eight, Jackson began sharing the lead vocals with his older brother Jermaine, and the group's name was changed to The Jackson 5. The band toured the Midwest extensively from 1966 to 1968, frequently performing at a string of black clubs known as the "chitlin' circuit", where they often opened stripteases and other adult acts. In 1966, they won a major local talent show with renditions of Motown hits and James Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)", led by Michael.

In June 1975, the Jackson 5 signed with Epic Records, a subsidiary of CBS Records and renamed themselves the Jacksons. Younger brother Randy formally joined the band around this time, while Jermaine left to pursue a solo career. They continued to tour internationally, releasing six more albums between 1976 and 1984, during which Michael was the lead songwriter, writing hits such as "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)", "This Place Hotel," and "Can You Feel It". In 1978, he starred as the scarecrow in the musical, The Wiz, a box-office disaster. It was here that he teamed up with Quincy Jones, who was arranging the film's musical score. Jones agreed to produce Jackson's next solo album, ―Off the Wall‖. Jones and Jackson produced the Off the Wall album together. Songwriters for the album included Jackson, Rod Temperton, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney. Released in 1979, it

was the first solo album to generate four U.S. top 10 hits, including the chart-topping singles "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock with You". It reached number three on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold over 20 million copies worldwide. In 1980, Jackson won three awards at the American Music Awards for his solo efforts: Favorite Soul/R&B Album, Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, and Favorite Soul/R&B Single for "Don't Stop 'Till You Get Enough". In 1982, Jackson contributed the song "Someone In the Dark" to the storybook for the film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial; the record won a Grammy for Best Recording for Children in 1984. In the same year he won another seven Grammys and eight American Music Awards (including the Award of Merit, the youngest artist to win it), making him the most awarded in one night for both award shows. These awards were thanks to the Thriller album, released in late 1982, which was 1983's best-selling album worldwide and became the best-selling album of all time in the United States, as well as the best-selling album of all time worldwide, selling an estimated 110 million copies so far. In March 1983, Jackson reunited with his brothers for a legendary live performance which was taped for a Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever television special. The show aired on May 16, 1983, to an audience of 47 million viewers, and featured the Jacksons and a number of other Motown stars. It is best remembered for Jackson's solo performance of "Billie Jean". Wearing a distinctive black sequin jacket and golf glove decorated with rhinestones, he debuted his signature dance move, the ―moonwalk‖, which former Soul Train dancer and Shalamar member, Jeffrey Daniel had taught him three years before With the industry expecting another major hit, Jackson's first album in five years, Bad (1987), was highly anticipated. The Bad album spawned seven hit singles in the U.S., five of which ("I Just Can't Stop Loving You", "Bad", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Man in the Mirror" and "Dirty Diana") reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This was a record for most number one Hot 100 singles from any one album, including Thriller. Although the title track's video was arguably derivative of the video for the earlier single "Beat It", the "Bad" video still proved to be one of Jackson's iconic moments. In March 1991, Jackson renewed his contract with Sony for $65 million, a recordbreaking deal at the time. He released his eighth album Dangerous in 1991. As of 2008,

Dangerous had shipped seven million copies in the U.S. and had sold 32 million copies worldwide. The Dangerous album was co-produced by Teddy Riley, one of the pioneers of "new jack swing" which convinced Michael to feature a rapper on his album for the first time, the act worked and it turned out to be the best-selling album associated with that movement. At the end of 1992, Dangerous was awarded 1992's best-selling album worldwide and "Black or White" was awarded 1992's best-selling single worldwide at the Billboard Music Awards. Additionally, he won an award as best-selling artist of the '80s. In January 1993, Jackson made a memorable appearance at the halftime show at Super Bowl XXVII. The performance began with Jackson catapulting onto the stage as fireworks went off behind him. As he landed on the canvas, he maintained a motionless "clenched fist, standing statue stance", dressed in a gold and black military outfit and sunglasses; he remained completely motionless for a minute and a half while the crowd cheered. He then slowly removed his sunglasses, threw them away and sang his greatest hits. In 1995, Jackson merged his ATV Music catalog with Sony's music publishing division creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing. Jackson retained half-ownership of the company, earned $95 million upfront as well as the rights to even more songs. He then released the double album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. The first disc, HIStory Begins, was a 15-track greatest hits album, and was later reissued as Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I in 2001, while the second disc, HIStory Continues, contained 15 new songs. The album debuted at number one on the charts and has been certified for seven million shipments in the US. It is the best-selling multiple-disc album of all-time, with 20 million copies (40 million units) sold worldwide. HIStory received a Grammy nomination for Album of the Year Throughout 2000 and 2001, Jackson worked in the studio with Teddy Riley and Rodney Jerkins, as well as other collaborators. These sessions would result in the album Invincible, released in October 2001. Invincible was Jackson's first full-length album in six years, and it would be the last album of new material he released while still alive. However, just before the release of Invincible, Jackson informed the head of Sony Music Entertainment, Tommy Mottola, that he was leaving Sony. As a result, all singles releases, video shootings and promotions concerning the Invincible album were suspended.

In March 2009, Jackson held a press conference at London's O2 Arena and announced a series of comeback concerts titled This Is It. The shows would be Jackson's first major series of concerts since the HIStory World Tour finished in 1997. Jackson suggested possible retirement after the shows; he said it would be his "final curtain call". The concerts would have commenced on July 13, 2009, and finished on March 6, 2010. Less than three weeks before the first show was due to begin in London and with all concerts being sold out, Jackson died after suffering cardiac arrest. Some time before his death, it was widely stated that he was starting a clothing line with Christian Audigier; due to his death, the current status of the label remains unknown. 2.2 Michael Jackson’s health and appearance Jackson's skin had been a medium-brown color for the entire duration of his youth, but starting in the mid 1980s, it gradually grew paler. The change gained widespread media coverage, including rumors that he might be bleaching his skin. According to J. Randy Taraborrelli's biography, in 1986, Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo and lupus; the vitiligo partially lightened his skin, and the lupus was in remission; both illnesses made him sensitive to sunlight. The treatments he used for his condition further lightened his skin tone, and, with the application of pancake makeup to even out blotches, he could appear very pale. Jackson was also diagnosed with vitiligo in his autopsy. By the mid 1990s several surgeons speculated that he had undergone various nasal surgeries, a forehead lift, thinned lips, and cheekbone surgery—although Jackson denied this and insisted that he only had surgery on his nose. Jackson claimed that he had only two rhinoplasties and no other surgery on his face, although at one point he mentioned having a dimple created in his chin. Jackson lost weight in the early 1980s because of a change in diet and a desire for "a dancer's body". Witnesses reported that he was often dizzy and speculated that he was suffering from anorexia nervosa; periods of weight loss would become a recurring problem later in life. 2.3 The Death of Michael Jackson On June 25, 2009, Jackson died while in his bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating him by

Conrad Murray, his personal physician, were unsuccessful. Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a 911 call at 12:22 (PDT, 19:22 UTC), arriving three minutes later at Jackson's location. He was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed.Resuscitation efforts continued en route to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and for more than an hour after arriving there at 1:13 (20:13 UTC). He was pronounced dead at 2:26 local time (21:26 UTC). Jackson's death triggered a global outpouring of grief. Jackson's memorial was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, preceded by a private family service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Hall of Liberty. Jackson's casket was present during the memorial but no information was released about the final disposition of the body. While some unofficial reports claimed a worldwide audience as high as one billion people, the U.S. audience was estimated by Nielsen to be 31.1 million, an amount comparable to the estimated 35.1 million that watched the 2004 burial of former president Ronald Reagan, and the estimated 33.1 million Americans who watched the 1997 funeral for Princess Diana. On June 25, 2010, the first anniversary of Jackson's death, fans traveled to Los Angeles to pay their tribute to him. They visited Jackson’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and his family’s home, as well as Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Many of the fans were carrying sunflowers and other tribute items to drop off at the sites. Members of the Jackson family and close friends arrived to pay their respects 3. Michael Jackson, Dead or Alive? There has been much speculation about Michal Jackson maybe being alive, claiming his death was actually a hoax to escape certain individual and his money problems as well as the Illuminati, interestingly there is a lot of peculiar evidence supporting this theory. 3.1 Was the Hoax created by Illuminati? I would like to think he is alive, believe that he was actually clever enough to fool the Illuminati in this way, he was without a doubt an extremely talented and smart guy, but it really makes me doubt since, if indeed his death was a hoax, like the evidence supporting this shows, seems like way too many people knew about it, even the media seemed to have been involved,

which makes it seem as if it may have been to fool the public and not really the Illuminati, but then, the real fans were the ones able to spot the many details which not fit in the picture presented by the media to the public, so then they believe Michael just wanted to let them know. He was a performer, that´s what he did best, he always made the best videos/short-films and even before his death, he was talking a lot about wanting to begin getting involved in film, like directing, and create something that had never been done in the industry. Could it be that he is now making his last and most memorable performance to the whole world taking the fiction of the TV to the real lives of all his fans. What if that is exactly what the Illuminati is trying to make the fans think and is using all that energy of all these people for their purposes whether to reach certain goal of theirs or just to keep everybody focus on his death or possible hoax while they keep destroying the world and taking our liberties. 3.2 Is Dr. Murray a Mason? There are reports claiming Dr. Murray is a Freemason, mainly because of the picture showed next, in which he is wearing a Freemason Lodge Officer Chain Collar, yet a Masonic website claims that he belongs to a fake lodge saying that the ―United Most Worshipful Scottish Rite Grand Lodge of Texas, A.F.& A.M.‖ which is supposed to be the one Dr. Murray belongs to, is a group that has been long recognized as a bogus organization. Some of those who think it was a hoax believe that Michael is playing the role of Dr. Murray, but I found some reports on Dr. Murray’s criminal past, showing how he has been sentenced to jail a couple times before but has never step a foot in a cell, maybe being a Mason has something to do with it, twice he got in trouble with the law for child support and once back in 1994 for domestic violence. I guess Michael was murdered by a hired Dr. Mason who needed a clean record and has been regarded as a fake Mason by his brethren once the news of his allegiance to the cult were known. 3.3 Surveillance Tape hoax? Michael Jackson had surveillance cameras all over his house. He had to. He lived under tight security. On June 25, 2009 at 12:45 AM his cameras recorded him arriving home for the last time. LAPD experts have entered this snippet of tape as evidence in the Conrad Murray

Trial. But what about the next 24 hours of tape which would show exactly who came and went in the following crucial hours. This tape is missing. How is this possible? The best

investigation team in the world is investigating the "death" of one of the most popular entertainers of all time and they forget to save the surveillance footage? Is there maybe something that they don't want anyone to see? 3.4 Conrad Murray killed Michael Jackson on purpose? A medical expert testified that a physician's repeated and flagrant violations of the standard of care involving a powerful anesthetic led to the death of Michael Jackson. Dr. Steven Shafer told jurors the lack of proper medical equipment and the absence of notes and medical records by Dr. Conrad Murray, along with a breakdown of the patient-doctor relationship, were factors in the death. Murray was acting more like Jackson's employee than a physician who should have rejected the singer's requests for the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid, Shafer said. "Saying yes is not what doctors do," he testified. "A competent doctor would know you do not do this." The Columbia University professor and researcher gave a crash course on propofol, the powerful anesthetic used in hospital settings that has been cited as Jackson's cause of death. "The worst disasters occur in sedation and they occur when people cut corners," Shafer said. In Jackson's case, "virtually none of the safeguards were in place," he added. He said the fact that Murray was on his cell phone in the hours before Jackson's death was a setup for disaster, adding that doctors cannot multitask and properly monitor a patient who is sedated. Shafer wrote the package insert that guides doctors in the use of the anesthetic, edits journals on anesthesia and is widely published on the subject. He gave jurors a demonstration from the witness stand of how propofol is drawn into an IV bag with a large syringe. He produced a bottle of the white substance that Jackson referred to as his "milk" and showed the steps involved, which took several minutes. The explanation by Shafer and the depiction in the video seemed to belie an early defense claim that Jackson could have administered the drug to himself. The process shown Wednesday appeared too complicated for self-administration. This proves that Murray might have killed Michael Jackson himself.


4. Conclusion Michael Jackson was and maybe still is the best and most popular pop-artist of all time. He is considered to be the ―King of pop-music‖. He had a very successful career and he was the one who changed the pop-music that is today. Although he was a very controversial person, people loved him for who he was and he was an inspiration to a lot of musicians. The death of Michael Jackson struck all people. The world had lost one of the greatest musicians of its time.


5. References

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