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Michael Jackson, one year later

Matt Schudel

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.

The Post's Celebritology blog has entries analyzing Michael, Filipino inmates are dancing en masse, and the curator of the Motown Museum chats about Michael on The Post's site.

We've also put up a comprehensive photo gallery, encompassing Jackson's career and the aftermath of his death.


By Matt Schudel  |  June 25, 2010; 1:53 PM ET
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