Posted in music on August 29, 2009

Happy Birthday Michael, Michael it's your birthday

Michael Jackson

The office of the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that it had ruled Michael Jackson's death a homicide. It said the cause was a mixture of the powerful anesthetic propofol and the anti-anxiety drug lorazepam, both of which, previously disclosed court documents say, Mr. Jackson's doctor has acknowledged administering to him the day he died.

"The manner of death has been ruled: homicide," the coroner's office said in a brief statement.

It said the full coroner's report and a complete toxicology report were being withheld at the request of the police and the district attorney's office, whose investigation continues.. [NYT]

Michael Jackson would have been 51 today (August 29). And people are celebrating - as we speak actually, in Prospect Park. More on that and other events below...

Michael Jackson "Ain't No Sunshine" (Benny Blanco Remix)

Flash mobs are dancing to "Thriller" in the UK.

Michael Jackson

A large crowd is gathering in Brooklyn today for a massive block party to honor Michael Jackson on what would have been his 51st birthday.

Organizers expect about 10,000 people to attend the event in Prospect Park Nethermead Field, which will mark what would have been the King of Pop's 51st birthday.

The event was originally planned for just 2,000 people in Fort Greene Park, but was moved to accommodate a larger crowd.

Filmmaker Spike Lee organized the free event, which will run from noon to 5 p.m., rain or shine.

"I think Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, we definitely have to celebrate his music," said one New Yorker.

"Michael Jackson did wonderful music that plays to different generations and I think it'd be amazing to go to an event that celebrates everything he's made and who he is," said another.

"I think it's a good thing cause I know my sons are going to enjoy it. They're big Michael Jackson fans right now. So I think it's a real blessing," said a third.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is warning subway riders to expect large crowds today at the Grand Army Plaza and the 15th Street/Prospect Avenue stations, which are the closest to the park. [NY1 @ 12:15 PM]

Spike Lee presents a Michael Jackson's B-Day celebration with DJ Spinna at Prospect Park. That's the flyer above..

Q-Tip (who's DJing) presents Long Live the King at Nokia Theatre with guests Mark Ronson and (again) DJ Spinna.

"We're going to celebrate his birthday with the rest of New York and the rest of the world," says Q-Tip, who with Mark Ronson and DJ Spinna will host "Long Live the King! A Celebration for Michael Jackson" at Nokia Theatre Times Square. "We're going to throw it all over the map. It's Michael Jackson Day." [NY Post]

At the Market Hotel in Brooklyn, the Celebration, Sam Mickens's Ecstatic Showband & Revue and Future Islands show is being billed as "A Concert in Loving Observance of Michael Jackson's 51st Birthday."

And at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC:

Michael Jackson Birthday Bash
Michael T. , DJ MISS GUY , DJ Jess (Trash) , Brett Burton and DJ Ole
w/ Hosted by: Justine D, Miranda Moondust, Deryck Todd (Bowie Ball), David Kouture & more and Your M.C of the night.: Peppermint Gummybear
Sat., August 29, 2009 / 10:00pm

Or stay inside and celebrate. There's plenty of Michael Jackson on TV.



Comments (25)

bullets flyin', niggaz dyin'

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 1:29 PM

kick me kike me?

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 1:32 PM

Amazing talent in pop music genres and hip hop and rap and so many other areas.. great songs, great hip hop beats, and pop songs.. very sad…

Posted by Beatslocker | August 29, 2009 3:41 PM

I'm legitimately having a hard time understanding why people are saying it was MURDER. Doesn't that imply some intent of wrong-doing, not just moral negligence? He may have had a terrible doctor, but i'm thinking probably not an evil one...

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 3:59 PM

^^"Homicide" is a legal term, whereas "murder" is a popular, informal one. This is one case where they are not synonymous.

Posted by Law & Order: Brooklyn Vegan | August 29, 2009 4:39 PM

happy birthday dead guy

Posted by Venkman | August 29, 2009 5:16 PM

homicide includes manslaughter.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 7:19 PM

happy birthday michael

Posted by maria | August 29, 2009 7:43 PM

Criminally Negligent Homicide

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 7:45 PM

Why is no one taking euthanasia into account for this?

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 8:04 PM

Bat shit crazy, celebrity, pederast, prescription drug junkie dies of a drug overdose. Clearly someone other than M.J. needs to be blamed for his death.

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 8:34 PM

how about musical and cultural legend who changed the face of pop music and the world, one of the most recognizable figures in the world and he shouldn't have died before his time? we pay doctors to treat us, to heal us, to help us but most importantly to keep us alive and this idiots negligence failed him that, if he somehow cognizantly felt that Michael needed help with his tortured soul he should have recommended him to a psychiatrist, not killed him with negligence

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 8:58 PM

^ you are ignorant

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 9:39 PM

how can he die before his birthday?! MJ U'll obv. miss d partyyy!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 9:43 PM

@ 8:58

how about people who are adults taking some personal
responsibility for their own willful actions. MJ was a drug addict who refused help from his family, friends, and doctors. and he hand picked this moron who allegedly caused his OD. as the adage
goes you make you bed you got to lie in it, and in this case die in it as well.

Posted by nutjob | August 29, 2009 9:59 PM

that's a statue of Mickey Rourke

Posted by Anonymous | August 29, 2009 11:55 PM

If only I had a brain.

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2009 9:55 AM

That Simpsons clip is so awesome.

Posted by Matt | August 30, 2009 11:16 AM

mickey rourke!

Posted by Anonymous | August 30, 2009 1:14 PM

God Bless you Michael. I truly believe the Angels are Celebrating your 51 st Birthday with you.God Bless his Family in all their sorrow.

Posted by Mildred Martinez | August 31, 2009 2:27 PM

FYI... for those who care... Janet Jackson will be doing her brother's tour in England. Press release will be coming soon....

Posted by wembley | September 9, 2009 10:38 AM

michael is the best artist that ever lived so who ever dont like him fuck them and dat guy dat sad under me bullets flyin niggaz dyien wtf u kno bout michael u dickhead shut the fuccc up n dont write shit unless u dont kno iight

Posted by michael | September 21, 2009 5:23 AM

Nice one.

Posted by reality ppc | November 4, 2009 10:13 AM

whose talkin' all this SHIT!!!!1

Posted by www | March 27, 2010 9:11 PM

I love you, Michael. I love you as a person and I love your music. Michael NEVER molested anyone and only had surgery on his nose. And so what if he did have surgery anywhere else???? It wouldnt have changed who he was as a person. FUCK THE DOCTOR AND FUCK ALL THE HATERS IN THIS WORLD!!!!!!!!

Posted by MJ4ever | June 16, 2010 9:31 PM

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