FOX 11 Archives: Death Of The King Of Pop - New York News

FOX 11 Archives: Death Of The King Of Pop

Posted: Updated:

It kills me that so many times when a big story breaks I'm somewhere other than work.  Don't know why that is.  I was away when the Simpson/Goldman murders were discovered.  I was asleep when the 9/11 attacks occurred.  And I was on vacation when Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, died following a propofol overdose in his rented Holmby Hills home.  That was five years ago this week.  Although I wasn't at the station when our initial coverage began, as soon as I returned to work, Michael Jackson mania became a part of my life.

WATCH: Michael Jackson's Spiritual Advisor interview from Studio 11 LA
NEW DUET: Listen to Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake's dance song
INTERVIEW: Attorney says Michael Jackson "Fooled Everyone"

REPORT: Michael Jackson's Post-Death Wealth
Jackson's fans were a big part of the story.  They were everywhere.  They congregated at UCLA Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.  They surrounded the home where he overdosed and gathered in front of his family's home in Encino.  We found one group of admirers standing around the Michael Jackson star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- unaware that the plaque on which they were placing flower tributes belonged to another Michael Jackson, a local radio personality.  The King of Pop's star was blocks away; inaccessible due to a move premiere.  When our reporter pointed out the discrepancy, the fans didn't seem to care.  One Jackson was as good as another.

 

 

 

 

As the Jackson drama moved to the courtroom, where his physician, Conrad Murray, was on trial, Fox 11 expanded its coverage in a unique way.  We offered, through iTunes, the Michael Jackson Doctor Trial app.  For 99 cents, one could follow breaking news alerts, live video streaming from the court, a video timeline that traced Jackson's career and lots of related stories.  In a very shot time, this became the top-selling paid news app in iTune's store, and held that number one position for weeks.  I played a small role in that effort, providing some of the video and still photos that made up the app's timeline feature. 

For those who wish to take a stroll down memory lane, I've included some brief video clips of FOX 11's coverage of Michael Jackson's death:

The first clip shows the scene at UCLA, where paramedics took the unresponsive pop star.  Brother Jermaine Jackson announces Michael's death and then the singer's body is sent to the coroner's office for an autopsy.

The second video shows fans surrounding the wrong Michael Jackson star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The other Michael Jackson star is located near Selma and Vine and is there for American radio talk show host and commentator based in Los Angeles. The King of Pop's star is located near TCL Theatre across from the El Capitan on Hollywood Blvd.

The final clip reflects the scene in front of Jackson's West L.A. home, as LAPD detectives arrive and the lead investigator explains why the death is being treated as a homicide.

 

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • 3 Nassau beaches closed due to heavy rainfall

    3 Nassau beaches closed due to heavy rainfall

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:27:54 GMT
    Three Nassau County beaches have been closed to bathing due to heavy rainfall. County health officials say storm water runoff can elevate bacterial levels and affect bathing water quality. The three South Shore beaches that were closed Monday are: Hewlett Point Beach; Island Park Beach; and Merrick Estates Civic Association. In addition, Biltmore and Philip Healey beaches in Massapequa remain closed to bathing due to elevated levels of bacteria.
    Three Nassau County beaches have been closed to bathing due to heavy rainfall. County health officials say storm water runoff can elevate bacterial levels and affect bathing water quality. The three South Shore beaches that were closed Monday are: Hewlett Point Beach; Island Park Beach; and Merrick Estates Civic Association. In addition, Biltmore and Philip Healey beaches in Massapequa remain closed to bathing due to elevated levels of bacteria.
  • 3 NJ mayors to announce anti-crime plan

    3 NJ mayors to announce anti-crime plan

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:03:29 GMT
    The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for Monday afternoon to announce the plan. The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
    The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for Monday afternoon to announce the plan. The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
  • Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:26:19 GMT
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices