- His Death
By the time he approached his middle age, he was an isolated man, tormented by a critical and sensationalist media that intruded on his private life and portrayed him in bad light. The final years of his life were one of mental depression and addiction to psychiatric drugs. It was thus a tragic end to a life and career that should have received greater respect and recognition that what it has got. Looking back in retrospect, one can identify three main elements to Michael Jackson’s popularity (both when he was alive as well as posthumously). These are his family background, life style and his death. The rest of this essay will flesh out this thesis in more detail. (Fuller 33)
Even in death, Michael Jackson’s fame seems not to diminish. To the contrary, his untimely and unfortunate demise has only created an aura of immortality to his image. For example, record sales of some of his albums of old have seen a renewed interest in the time since his death. The irony seems to be the fact that Michael Jackson has attained immortality after his mortal end. MJ’s death was another and last stage of his fame. He had to shine and sparkle again. He had to grab attention once again. The king of pop’s end was another stage of success. His sales broke the world records once again. MJ rocks the world just like he was a life.
- Cole, Susan G. “Michael Jackson’s Swan Song.” HerizonsFall 2009: 15.
- Feller, Alison. “Michael Jackson’s Legacy Lives On.” Dance Spirit 2009: 33. Print.
- Williams, Gershom. “Michael Jackson: Color Complex and the Politics of White Supremacy.”Journal of Pan African Studies7 (2010): 106+. Print.