August 17-23: Michael Jackson & Police Action
Posted Fri Aug 21, 2009 4:03pm PDT
by Lyndsey Parker in That's Really Week
Michael Jackson passed away almost two months ago, and yet he has continued to make as many headlines in death as he did during his bizarre and controversial life. And just when it seemed like the King Of Pop would finally be laid to rest and might at long last have some peace--on August 29, what would have been his 51st birthday--his private burial was postponed this week. Now Michael will instead be buried at L.A.'s Forest Lawn cemetery on September 3. No official reason was offered for the delay.
But perhaps the bigger MJ story this week centered on his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, who is soon to be officially charged with manslaughter, according to various news reports. This week the doctor, who was with Michael when he died June 25, posted a brief personal video on YouTube, thanking friends and patients for their support and insisting that he is innocent of any wrong doing related to his star client's demise. He claimed that this video was his only way to speak out, due to death threats that have driven him into seclusion.
"Because of all that is going on, I am afraid to return phone calls or use my email," he stated. "I recorded this video to let all of you know that I have been receiving your messages...Your messages give me strength and courage and keep me going. They mean the world to me." He also added: "I have done all I could do. I told the truth and I have faith the truth will prevail."
The Los Angeles coroner's office revealed this week that it has completed its work determining Michael's cause of death, but will not release any results until police detectives finish their own investigation. Surely such developments will be reported in future blogs, so watch this space.
In other ongoing Jackson news, a new Jackson family reality show is reportedly slated to run on the A&E cable network sometime in the next month.
Before Michael Jackson's death, his brothers Jackie, Marlon, and Tito apparently shot a one-hour pilot for a reality series, which was supposed to culminate in a ratings-garnering reunion performance featuring their famous sibling.
However, even though Michael obviously died before such a finale could be filmed, the idea for the show lives on. According to a story in the Hollywood Reporter, A&E is in fact moving ahead with the Jacksons' program, altering the original concept from being lightheartedly focused on a possible Jackson 5 reunion to instead chronicling the surviving Jackson brothers' post-MJ lives as they "grapple with Michael's death."
Many fans will probably find this show to be in bad taste and exploitative...but it's likely that even more fans will tune in.
August 17-23: Michael Jackson & Police Action - That's Really Week
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