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BC-US--Michael Jackson Anniversary,ADVISORY, US

June 19, 2014


On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. Yet in many ways, the King of Pop lives on through eerie holograms, a new album, Cirque du Soleil tributes, court cases where Jackson himself seemed on trial, and an ever-expanding bank account. Not to mention a worldwide fan base determined to keep Jackson’s image alive with blogs, newsletters and special events. As the fifth anniversary of his death approaches, the AP will explore the enduring spirit and saga of Michael Jackson in a multi-platform package of stories moving Friday, June 20, for immediate use. Here’s a closer look:


LOS ANGELES — Five years after Jackson’s untimely death at age 50, the singer remains a pop culture powerhouse, proving to be just as big a moneymaker in death as in life. He’s graced the stage at the Billboard Music Awards via hologram, appears on a new album of unreleased songs and is generating tens of millions of dollars a year — money that will continue to grow and keep Jackson’s mother and children living like entertainment royalty. Yet Jackson’s tangled finances and debts have kept his family from being the biggest beneficiaries of his estate so far. Instead, larger amounts have gone to the tax man and those keeping the superstar’s music and image alive, according to an Associated Press analysis of estate finances. By Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney. UPCOMING: 800 words by 3 p.m. Friday, photos, video.


— MICHAEL JACKSON-LEGAL WOES: As in life, Michael Jackson’s legal woes continue to plague him five years after his death. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m. Friday, photos.

— MICHAEL JACKSON-5 THINGS: A look at how Michael Jackson’s family and his estate have fared in the five years since the King of Pop’s death. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m. Friday, photos.

— MICHAEL JACKSON-NEVERLAND: Michael Jackson’s playtime palace sits empty now. The backyard circus and laughter of children are long gone, but the house and its fanciful memories live on. By Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang. UPCOMING: 450 words by 3 p.m. Friday, photos.

— MICHAEL JACKSON-EVENTS: A list of some of the worldwide events planned by Michael Jackson’s fervent fans to commemorate the fifth anniversary of his death. UPCOMING: 250 words by 3 p.m. Friday, photos.

CONTACT: West Coast Entertainment Editor Steve Loeper at sloeper@ap.org or 213-952-1250.

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