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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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I didn't see Jackson do anything se-
    xual with a minor.
    I could coach any kid to provide "proof" of molestation.
    Even social workers are experts at coaxing kids to say what an adult did to the diagnostic doll: my housekeeper's daughter was tricked into saying her father had molested her, and then the child finally admitted that she had lied to please the investigator.
    "What Daddy Did" is a dangerous game to play with kids.

    June 25, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. maggie

    So many experts (you really have missed your calling} on MJ`s guilt why bother having a court system as many appear to have seen all the evidence etc and decided the jury was wrong and btw how many celebs are there who hasn`t had `some work` done on their looks? a great man will be remembered by millions of people throughout the world RIP Michael.

    June 25, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I'm sure that there are many perfect people in this world.
    I've been disenfranchised by not meeting one of them yet.

    June 25, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. MJ did it

    @Joey: there's a difference between imperfection and criminality. I can forgive a man for being addicted to drugs, I can forgive a man for being a bit peculiar, but any man that has slumber parties with my child will deal with the cops, or myself should the judicial system deprive me of justice. Just admit you're ok with strange grownups sleeping with young kids and be done with it. I'd have some respect for your honesty. In this day and age I wouldn't let my kids go camping with any adult I didn't know, let alone have slumber parties with. If you have children just drop them off at some guy's house and leave them there since you think it's ok. You have met a perfect person and it's the one you see in the mirror everyday. Quit digging up bible quotes about casting stones, because everyone is allowed an opinion. Many convicted child Ra. Pists would even say the man was guilty and they would know better than you or I. Just open up and admit you like young boys, so we can move on.

    June 25, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mj fan

      Well maybe if you took the time to actually look at the facts instead of listening to the media garbage you would have seen that Jordan Chandler admitted after Michael died that his parents put him up to for the money.Also his dad shot and killed himself later because of the guilt from Michaels death.Geez if you really knew Michael he was just a kind loving child like mind when it came to children he thought like a child.So yes you would never take your child to a strangers house but he knew the families and they knew him..This was just a case of people being sue happy and taking advantage of his kindness and loving generosity!! Get your facts together before saying anything and beyond that whyh are you even here reading the story about him if you dont like him and believe that ****

      June 27, 2011 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Mamma say mama sa, ma ma mu SA.. I'm talking to the man in the mirror... I'm asking if he'll change his ways.. (his ways being the desire for young boys)... No I can't change them!.. grrrr.. every time I see an angel soft toilet paper wrapper I just go crazy.. Hey Maggie.. How's alice cooper and indian Sam doing? Got any bumps you can put on my little jacko? You'd have to morph into a little boy first though because I don't like getting a bumpy johnson from chicks.. That's right.. I went from MJ to alice to famous Harlem kingpin bumpy johnson.. When I left I was but the learner, now I am the master.. Only a master of evil MJ.. Tallyho! Let's clang swords like were at neverland.. Just leave Tink and Wendy at home.. No girls aloud in my tree fort!

    June 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gary B

    I do think the Brian Oxman lawsuit aganist AEG is sound like another post MJ death money grab. Oxman was one of MJ's longtime lawyers and he out to make as much money from MJ why He still can. I am suprised we have not seen any books from all of the people MJ worked for who claimed they "saw things" with MJ and little boys.

    June 25, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary B

    All money grabbing schemes aside I think Jacko was a sick man.

    June 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Big Game James

    I don't care who you are, when that man hit the stage he had your total attention. And the molestation issue...if ANYBODY touched my kids there is no amount of money that could keep me from adding some ventilation to their body. So I question the valdity of the charges because of the family accepting the settlement.

    June 26, 2011 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jack Anderson

    I would check out special interest groups for possibly having played a hand in MJ's death. If you watched the rehersal movie of This is it you will see that he was on top of his game in performing and very alert in running the show to come.
    So, he had a lot going on and didn't seem like a person who would consider hurting himself because, he had two children he loved and I'm sure he wanted to still be around to take care of them. I would definitely be watching the doctor and who he is friendly with at this stage of the game! Reply if you must .

    June 26, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  10. fernace

    I'm a singer/songwriter(my starving artist job) & a childcare provider(my paying job). I have never known any of my Black friends to say its OK for their kids to sleep in a bed with an adult that wasn't a parent. My guitarist/bassist says "Uh-uh, not my kids! Not if he (adult)wants to live"! So far it's not a music or black thing. I love kids, my fave people on the planet! They are cute & funny, what's not to love. I've had kids stay overnight with me, when their parents had a special nightout & didn't want to get up at dawn. The kids slept in their OWN bed! MJ didn't love kids more than me, but there is a line we dont cross. So it's not a love for kids thing. I didn't want to believe MJ was a pedo, but when I saw him on the Bashir docu, holding hands with the 12yr old in the 2nd controversy, I felt a little ill & a lot disturbed. Still I dont think he felt he was doing anything wrong, which is why I think he was abused as a kid. And that's my thought on the subject!@JIF "Mama say mama sa" hilarious post!!

    June 26, 2011 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I didn't write the 8:28 post.
    I don't think MJ did anything with kids se-
    Don't put words in my mouth: I didn't say it would be OK if he did have se-
    x with them.
    Look at my post: we live in such aa backward country that we can't even write the word s-
    When I was a kid I went on trips with adult men–church conferences, church camps–and slept in the room with them.
    They were straight, married men.
    I'm sick of prudes who think that men are out to molest boys if they take them fisjing...yeah, I did that too.
    "Mr. Jones said he's going over to the lake to fish, and he'd take you."
    I loved to row boats, even if I didn't catch anything.
    Not one man ever touched me.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    fishing, not fisjing...
    Yeah, jump on my typos again.

    June 26, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ fernace:
    Yes the Mama-say post was funny, but I didn't write it.
    I think...I don't even remember whether I slept in the same bed with my (saintly) choir director or not.
    It wouldn't have mattered.
    I certain slept in double beds with other teenaged boys.
    (No, we didn't.)

    June 26, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Uh...I just took the memories a step further.
    In high school, I never got to spend the night with a girl.
    I came home from a prom at dawn, but that's the best I did.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    No, we didn't either.
    Not really.

    June 26, 2011 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
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