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    First, I remember hearing the news of Farrah Fawcett's death on the internet and not thinking much of it. A few hours later, I heard the news that he went into cardiac arrest and had to be rushed to the hospital. At first I thought that it would just end up being just a small inconvenience, like when he got the flu during the trial or something like that, and I just expected that the first handful of concerts in London would have been pushed back and that he could have easily bounced back from this. I was concerned, but didn't mind it very much at all.

    A few hours later, I was helping my mother and sister clean our swimming pool with the radio on when after some crappy pop song was playing on our local top 20 station when they said that he was dead. My mother and I looked at each other in disbelief, and I automatically that it was just some overblown tabloid BS. I went inside to look up to see if this actually was just some tabloid junk, but after seeing minute-by-minute updates on TMZ and on the local news, I had to accept the fact that this wasn't some hoax.

    For a while, I just lied on my couch staring at the wall barely even blinking. My mother tried to see if I was okay but I told her I needed some time alone. For the following 2 weeks, I was expecting to just start breaking down and crying my eyes out like every other fan around the world was doing, but I just couldn't will myself to shed a single tear; not even during Paris' heartfelt impromptu speech at the memorial service or even while watching This Is It in theaters. I just felt so ashamed of myself that I couldn't bring myself to cry over the passing of my idol. Over the past few years after the trial ended, I just patiently waited for any possible announcement of a new album from MJ with no results, so I wasn't as attached to him at that point as I was in the past. Not to mention, I've always been picked on at school for being an MJ fan right in the middle of when the allegations were happening, especially since I was about the age of the boy involved in the trial.

    On the other hand, it's because of MJ's passing that my love and loyalty to him has rejuvenated tenfold. I've been able to gain enough confidence to proudly state "I Love Michael Jackson" in public without being ostracized, since many more people have grown respective of the man and the music, not what the press says about him. I've also been introduced to much more of his music since his passing, including the music from his under-appreciated Motown solo albums as well as a treasure trove of unreleased music from the Jackson 5 and from his vault of solo material.

    I've been able to rediscover just how amazing MJ was in his lifetime after taking him for granted in the years prior to his death. I can also take comfort in the fact that his legacy will live on through new fans discovering his old music in the years to come, as well as all of the unreleased material that will eventually find it's way out of the vaults years from now.

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    I am just going to give you the short version of where I was on that horrible day. Since I am literally on the verge of crying right now. Just from thinking about it.


    I was spending the entire day in my room. Watching my taped shows and very happily playing my Sims 3 game. I was happy because it was getting close to those concerts and I just could not wait for them. So I could come here and read about what it was like and everything. Well later that day I went to put the one main channel on. So I could watch the national news at 6:30 pm to see what they had to say about Farrah Fawcett. Who I knew died that day. Instead of seeing Farrah at that time. It was Michael's Jam performance at his 92 Dangerous Bucharest Concert. And then they show the years. And thank god I had the whole house to myself. Because I was screaming because I could not believe what I was seeing. I started to cry. Even though I was more in shock. But then I realized something this is America and I know how the American media has always been with him. So I came to this site since no MJ fan would ever say something so very evil, cruel, and downright sick about our beloved Michael. And it turns out it really was true. I had spent the rest of that night crying. All I had for my supper was a bowl of cereal. It was the only thing I could stomach. Then I went up to bed early. Thinking that maybe when I wake up this whole nightmare will be over. And I can finally go back to being happy and excited over these concerts. Well of course that never happen. And ever since that horrible day. I have been a constance Eeyore with a black rain cloud over the head. All thanks to that evil nameless monster that cause all of this.
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    It was Friday morning and I remember being in Maths class. It was about an hour after Jermaine announced Michael's death, and I remember people literally going in my class "Holy shit did you hear? Michael Jackson's just died". I kinda shrugged it off because well, how often does someone that big die? I was a fan of him, not as big today, but definitely a fan nonetheless. I remember going to check out the This Is It website when it came out back in February :P

    Anyhow, we had interval (aka recess) maybe 10 minutes later and my friend came up to me and told me the same thing, that his class had even crowded around his teacher's laptop as he read the articles. I didn't believe him entirely so I pulled out my phone and went to the website of a local paper and I remember it saying "Pop Star, Michael Jackson, dead at 50" or something (it was a crappy phone with a numberpad still so I believe the title was condensed slightly). I didn't really know what to think to be honest, I was shocked and I didn't cry right away. I do recall it was about then it started to rain, which it did on and off for the rest of the day.

    I don't think you could've walked around without walking a few meters with out hearing his name, over and over and over and over and over.

    I remember the lesson after that, most people were talking about it. After that we had lunch, followed by the usual Friday assembly. The school orchestra played a tribute to MJ by performing Thriller. One of the higher ups at the school went up on stage and said "And that was a tribute to Michael Jackson, who passed away this morning."

    People started talking about it at that point, I remember this dick (who no one in the class liked btw) beside me went "HAHA that pedo got what he asked for!” or something like that. Don't worry, I elbowed that f**ker in the stomach. Hard.

    As we were leaving, I remember saying to my friend "Wow, it feels a bit... weird... doesn't it?" and he agreed. It was the first 'big' death we had experienced I suppose, the last one before MJ that gripped the world was Princess Diana and we were way too young to remember that.

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    It is very painful to talk about or think about even to this day. Big hugs to you all :hug:

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJstarlight View Post
    It is very painful to talk about or think about even to this day. Big hugs to you all :hug:
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    I was just woke up and I began to get ready to go to work, so I turn the button of the radio to listen to the news like I do every morning, I was just about to go to shower and then I heard it : "The King of Pop, Michael Jackson has passed away ..." Oh no ! this can't be ! I ran downstairs to turn the tv, then I saw the reports... I remained literally glued on tv almost an hour, I was in tears, my heart was hurting me, I couldnt believe it.
    This day, I was very late to work, and everyone talked about Michael. I stayed all day in my office, closed.


    I'll never forget this so sad day.
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    was going to somewhere
    received a phone call from a friend of mine saying "Please don't be alarmed from what I'm going to say."
    I felt something is wrong and told him. "Is Michael dead?"
    The friend was so surprised and asked me "How did you know that?"

    I just knew by my feelings.

    And about for a month, I cried a lot and suffered from the feelings of lost, couldn't remember time and dates.
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    On here, I followed that horrible horrible ambulance thread. First thought was it was an employee or one of the children, then it just started escalating and escalating.

    As it came out he had died, news spread to here and it was just horrible......I lost someone very close to me that night and only people on here can understand that feeling. I've had a lot of people say to me 'you didn't even know him', but I feel like I did know him and he knew all of us.

    Can't believe it's been 5 years, I am able to block out the memory of that night pretty well. Sometimes I'll come across videos which show news reports of his death and the feeling comes right back for a moment before I push it away again. All made all the more painful by the fact I was a month away from my one and only dream of seeing him live.

    5 years and it still hurts, R.I.P Michael. I hold out hope for an afterlife for a chance to meet you one day.


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    I was 21 and still living at home at the time, chatting to my friend (another huge MJ fan) on msn in my bedroom. It was night time here in England and my mum was sat in the living room watching something random on tv when she suddenly called me into the room, saying there was some breaking news about Michael. Walking in, the first thing I saw was a birdseye view of the medical centre where he had been rushed to and the newsreader saying that there were reports that he had gone into cardiac arrest.

    My first thought was that it probably wasn't as serious as they were making out, but with it being Michael Jackson, the media love to exaggerate. I sat down and continued to watch and listen and remember my step dad coming in from his office, saying that the rumours on the internet were that he'd just died.

    With it being the internet, I didn't believe that either, so many hoaxes happen on there! As soon as my step dad sat down with us, the news flashed up that there was actual confirmation that Michael had died. I even switched over the channel to see what other news channels had to say, because I initially refused to believe it. He couldn't be dead!

    Realising that every other channel were now saying the same thing, it hit me hard! I felt a mixture of emotions...shock, sadness, anger...then devasted. The man I had looked upto since I was old enough to walk was gone. I had tickets to one of his shows and was absolutely thrilled and excited that I would finally get the one chance to see him perform live! This just couldn't be happening!

    I wandered back into my bedroom (my mum knew I wanted to be left alone) and just burst into tears. For the next few weeks I was a mixed bag of emotions....MJ music was blasting out everywhere, tributes laced over all the papers, people talking about it over and over...

    As time has gone on, I've got used to the idea that he's no longer with us, but the pain never goes and I still think of him every day. At least I know he's in a better place now and that at least makes me smile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJstarlight View Post
    It is very painful to talk about or think about even to this day. Big hugs to you all :hug:
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    I was an eighth grader. Strangely, "I Can't Help It" had been stuck in my head for two weeks (This had happened with Whitney Houston. Her song "Heartbreak Hotel" had been stuck in my mind the day before and the day she died.) but I couldn't think of who sung it though I should have as much as Off the Wall had been played in my house. That day was too sunny. Too warm. Too perfect, like a calm before the storm. My mother and I both comment on how weird the day was. I just bought S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders for my summer project. And I spent the rest of the day in our living room. My father had told me a phrase in response to something I said, "Why don't you act like Michael Jackson and beat it." Haha, I hadn't heard him say that in years and on this particular day he had. Then around 5 or 6 o'clock I got texts from everyone, my mom got calls from siblings, it was like we had lost a loved one with the reactions. Of course, I got a couple that were like I respect him as an artist but not as a person. And even though I was not a fan at the time, I still could not comprehend how someone likes his music and not him. Perhaps because I am artistic and create pieces of my own, I understood that you cannot simply separate the art created and the man through which the art comes through. I cannot be a fan of a musician, actor, or whatever else if I don't like the person myself. His death shocked me and the pain from his death shocked as much as his death did. I didn't understand why it had to be him. So I spent the rest of the night watching interviews and news reports. My mom was deeply hurt and I had cried myself to sleep that night. And that was when I decided I had to know who Michael Jackson is and why he meant so much to me before I even realized it that fateful night.

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    I was on the computer in my parent's room, browsing the internet as usual. I was 14 at the time, and didn't have a working internet connection set up in my room yet, so I was always holed up in theirs. It was still pretty early in the day when I had heard the news.

    My mother burst into the room and told me turn on CNN.

    "Why?" I asked. I thought she was going to tell me about Farrah Fawcett's death, which I had already heard about earlier, thanks to the internet. That was when she told me that Michael Jackson had just had a heart attack, and that there was a live report about it going on right then.

    I remember not believing her at first, recalling an article that I had read months earlier saying something similar, only for it to have been proven false. So I told her not to worry, that the media says things like that all the time, and that Michael was fine.

    I was so sure. I really did not think Michael was in any danger. He couldn't be, he was Michael Jackson! and to me, that name was synonymous with Superman.

    I did a quick search on Google, though. There were a few articles mentioning Michael, but nothing I took seriously. One article said he had a heart attack, another said it was a heart murmur, and another still said it was cardiac arrest.

    "Well, if no one knows what it is for sure, then it must not be serious." I thought. I returned to my browsing, occasionally checking Google if any more on the story had popped up. Now the news was spreading, and soon everyone had heard about Michael's condition. That was when I knew, maybe there was something to this?

    Later on in the day, Mom called me out into the living room, just as Jermaine was about to announce Michael's passing. I remember standing there in stunned silence, hoping that what I was about to hear next wasn't true, anything but that!

    But it was true. I was despondent at first. I went back into my parents room and onto Deviant Art, then MySpace. My closest friends had asked me how I was feeling, and told me how sorry they were. Mom turned on a radio station that was taking request for Michael's music, and my aunt called in to request some songs for me. I thought that was nice, considering.

    I went to bed that night, completely in disbelief.

    Every now and then, I still find it hard to believe that it's been this long since his passing. It still feels so surreal, y'know? Ah, but I'm grateful for having him for as long as we did.

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    I was actually listening to Michael's music on my radio on that terrible day. I suddenly turned off my radio. I just had the feeling that something was wrong with Michael. I came here to MJJC and I read that he had been taken to the hospital. And I got scared. I tried to tell myself that he would be okay. But I couldn't stop worrying about him. Then when I heard that he died, I started crying. And I immediately packed all of my Michael Jackson things away. And I was so upset that I couldn't sleep that night. I don't think I will ever get completely over what happened to Michael. Even after all this time, his death still bothers me. I think about Michael every day. I will never forget him.

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    The night before, I was in Alpharetta, Georgia, attending a Stevie Wonder concert. After that, I didn't have any Stevie's music in my car, so I put in Michael's. That was one of the greatest nights in my life. Unfortunately, it was short lived.

    The next day, I learned about Farrah Fawcett's death. "She's not suffering anymore" I thought. Went to work at the time, as usual. Then around 5:00, I got a text message from my co-worker at the time, saying that Michael Jackson had died. I immediately said "Don't pay attention to it. It's false." I went to the internet and there it says that Michael had been rushed to the hospital. "Maybe it's a panic attack or dehydration. He'll be alright." I called my Mom to see if she heard anything. She said that he died, but I still didn't believe that. My heart started pounding, I couldn't breathe. Next thing I did, I emailed my boyfriend and that's when I knew it was true. I was totally numb after that, but I had to keep my composure because I was still at work. I was in a daze for a few days, I couldn't eat or sleep. It was one of the worst days of my life.

    Tragedy became more frequent for me since then. April 3, 2011, I lost my father due to complications of heart failure. February 11, 2012, the legendary Whitney Houston had died. This year, I lost my job ("safe zone") and two months ago, I lost my aunt to cancer.

    It's been five years now, time flew quick, but still seems slow. I'll never get over this, ever.

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    I was at home. This will sound like a lie but it's true.
    I was asleep, and for some reason I woke up and went downstairs (it was about 10pm our time), turned on the TV. The news was on and they where reporting Michael was in a coma. At first I brushed it off thinking hoax, but as I kept watching and the people were gathering outside the hospital, I began to believe it. I was praying he was okay (I'm not religious), then the press started speculating he had gone, and I just fell back down in grief. I was hoping it was a dream. Then when I saw Jermaine before he spoke I knew. It was one of he worst moments in my life, Michael has always and will always be like an elder brother to me, he has been there for me with his music and his gift. That's why I will always defend him till the end.
    It's the only time in my life part of me was glad my Mum wasn't alive to see this, because it would have hurt her so much.
    R.I.P Michael, thank you for all you have done for me.

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