Michael Jackson, one year later
Michael Jackson died one year ago today, on June 25, 2009. The shocking event -- Jackson was 50 and was rehearsing for a new tour -- took the news media as much by surprise as it did Jackson's fans.
At the time, I wrote a Post Mortem blog entry about how Hank Stuever and I had to scramble to pull the obituary together on such short notice. I can't remember a more frantic day in the six years I've been writing obituaries, as we tried to wrap up a full account of his stranger-than-fiction life. The outpouring of affection and sorrow from Jackson's millions of fans could not be denied, and it was quite a challenge to put together a solid, thorough obit under those circumstances.
A year later, Michael Jackson is bigger news than ever. The Post has had stories about D.C. fans, news accounts have reported that he sold up to $1 billion in records in the past year -- going a long way to erase a debt estimated as high as $500 million -- and people are still trying to figure out the many mysteries of Michael.
We've also put up a comprehensive photo gallery, encompassing Jackson's career and the aftermath of his death.
June 25, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
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