Gotta Watch: Day Michael Jackson died
Michael Jackson attends a press conference to announce plans for his "This Is It" tour.
June 25th, 2011
10:41 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Day Michael Jackson died

It's a day that music fans around the world will remember. On June 25, 2009, legendary pop icon Michael Jackson died. The 50-year-old "King of Pop" suffered cardiac arrest at his residence  and died hours later. There is no doubt Jackson had a profound influence on the music industry. His show-stopping dance moves and best-selling albums made him one of the most popular artists of all time. In honor of Michael Jackson's memory we at Gotta Watch put together some videos from the day Michael Jackson died.

CNN covers Jackson's death - News broke that Michael Jackson was hospitalized around 5:30 PM Eastern, during "The Situation Room." As the show progressed new details emerged, ultimately ending in the news that he was dead. Here's a look at CNN's coverage from that day.

The 911 call - As investigators tried to figure out the turn of events that led up to Michael Jackson's death, the Los Angeles Fire Department released a very important bit of information, the 911 call. A little before 12:30 p.m. Jackson's security guard dialed 911 and in a panicked voice told the dispatcher that the person later identified as Michael Jackson, was unresponsive.

'May all love be with you Michael' - In a heartwarming press conference Jermaine Jackson confirms to the media that Michael is dead.

Fans shocked by news - This particular video from the day Michael Jackson died is a testament to just how much influence he had on the world. Watch as a CNN reporter breaks the news of his death to some fans in England, and what happens next.

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    he made awesome music... too bad he turned out to be a junkie..

    June 25, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Antonioooo!™


    June 25, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. officer john kimble

    DD::::D (_)o(_)
    mike---> boy butt

    June 25, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Brandt Hardin

    Michael’s death and life are surrounded by so much controversy even two years later. Our celebrity-worship goes too far in creating our own ideas of icons such as MJ, as to leave a warped dynasty of myth and legend. Who was The King of Pop beneath the different faces? Check out my surreal portrait in commemoration of his passing and tell me about what you remember about him at

    June 25, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    It's been two years? Holy crap time flies

    June 25, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Max Frost

    Jackson ain't dead. I guarantee you.

    June 25, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Hey Michael, if you're looking down, you know we still love your music and have not forgotten you.

    June 25, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. john

    I imagine he's looking up.

    June 25, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    What's too bad is people won't take the time to learn the truth before posting on blogs. Jackson was not a junkie or drug addict. According to both the LA county coroner's report and the coroner's testimony in preliminary hearings for the Murray trial, Jackson's liver, kidney and heart were healthy and normal; in other words no substance abuse damage. Additionally, the only drugs in his body were those Murray admitted giving him. The report concluded that he was a relatively healthy 50 year old man. His major problem was described as lung congestion. This information can be found online in the public records of the county of LA. Again, this is NOT my opinion it is the opinion of the LA county coroner who knows more than anyone who posts here.

    June 25, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tom

    And to you still jealous white males who are making unsubstantiated insinuations about Jackson bring us some proof, which has been nonexistent for 17 years, or go pound sand.

    June 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |

      the proof is that he paid that family off..i love his music tho...

      no grown man should have other peoples kids in his bed alone..

      he should have had the whole family over if he wanted them to spend the night...

      June 25, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ tom:
    I'm a white male and I'm not jealous of MJ.
    @ all others:
    Michael Jackson was an addict, but so what? Many humans are drug addicts.
    Some recover, some die, and some function well, addicted, for normal lifespans.
    I have MASSSIVE admiration for MJ as a performer.
    What he did required not only tremendous genetic endowment and artistic connection to his emotions, but study and technical practice that few successful "popular" performers would dream of doing.
    It doesn't matter that he was an addict. So were Judy Garland and Elvis Presley.
    Great "classical" musicians have also been addicts, although that is somewhat harder to pull off.
    Leave Jackson's addiction and achievements as separate issues.

    June 25, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fernace

    MJ was the King Of Pop, but he was also a human. As a child he had a job to pull off every day, like an adult, so when he separated from his dads management & had some freedom he, as an adult, became the child he never was! I think that's why he wanted to be surrounded with kids (boys)! His Never Ranch was a kids fantasy. I think problems started when he took the boys into his bed! After all, he was a man with manly desires. Also, I've long wondered if he was mo.lest.ed as a child. That would add another layer as to how he functioned s@$ually! It's sad that such a talented person will always be remembered amid controversy! But really, do we know of any music star that has died a normal death? Without lingering questions about their lives?? Think about it!!

    June 25, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ fernace:
    I know personally that most stars in serious ("classical") music do die normal deaths. The stars of "popular" music that I met or know about were more likely to be addicts. I think that may be partially because a pop star is more known than even a legendary "classical" musician, and also because the discipline required to "make it" as a classical performer is so much greater that in enables a concert pianist or violinist to sort our his relationship to the public more easily.
    I have written about this previously here. Famous performers who live out-of-control lives do it because they cannot adjust to the fact that they actually are not "normal."

    June 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    "sort out," not "sort our."

    June 25, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Some white guy

    I love how adoring "white" fans of MJ for decades as I was are all of a sudden called racist when some of us retract our affection after MJ got too weird for us. Were we racist when we helped him break record sales when Thriller came out? By all accounts the racist whites should have been buying more records as Jackson became more white, but his album sales continued to dwindle. Maybe there are some who found having slumber parties with small kids to be inappropriate. According to the race baiting trolls on here it's quite normal in the black community to have strange 50 year old men sleeping alone with their kids. Anyone with a brain would have a problem with that. You add to that the drugs and him dressing like a white girl and it's obvious. The proof is the kids testimony about Jackson's multi colored "member" due to the skin disease he had. The fact he called his property Neverland shows he wanted to be like peter pan and have "sword fights" with all his little boyfriends. Testimony also shows that he gave the kids "Jesus Juice" which is right on par with something a pedo priest would do. If I gave MJ the benefit of the doubt I would still say he brought it upon himself by engaging in these sleep over parties with boys. Either way I'm tired of being called racist because I think some behaviors are wrong. OJ Simpson owes much if not all of his fortune to his white fans. The one thing about white people I've noticed is that we're never called racist when we criticize other whites for their bad behavior, but somehow we become. uninformed racists when we criticize any other race. Racism exists, but many blacks I talk to wouldn't even consider MJ to be black anymore. Btw... Why is MJ's index finger brown? Oh and as far as him not being dead... The fleshy body has died, but the evil being that controlled that body lives on.. Not forever though. What begins must end and what comes around goes around.

    June 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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