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June 25, 2009- Los Angeles

On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood in Los Angeles.

His personal physician, Conrad Murray, said he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a barely detectable pulse, and that he administered CPR on Jackson’s bed to no avail. After a call was placed to 9-1-1 at 12:20 pm, Jackson was treated by paramedics at the scene and was later pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.On the eve of Jackson’s 51st birthday, the Los Angeles County Coroner concluded that his death was a homicide. Shortly before his death, Jackson had been administered propofol and three anti-anxiety benzodiazepines, lorazepam and midazolam, in his home. His personal physician was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter and is serving a four-year sentence in prison.

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Jackson’s death triggered an outpouring of grief around the world, creating unprecedented surges of Internet traffic and causing sales of his music and that of the Jackson 5 to increase dramatically. Jackson had intended to perform a series of concerts entitled This Is It to over one million people at London’s O2 Arena between July 13, 2009 and March 6, 2010. A public memorial service for Jackson was held on July 7, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he had rehearsed for the London concerts the night before his death. The service was broadcast live around the world, attracting a global audience of up to one billion people. In March 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a US$250 million deal with Jackson’s estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death. Jackson’s death is ranked No. 1 on VH1/VH1 Classic’s list of 100 Most Shocking Moments in Music.[Wiki]

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The Holmby Hills house where Michael Jackson died in 2009 has been sold for $18.1 million.

 

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