Remembering Michael Jackson: The King of Pop

The loss of Michael Jackson was like a 9.5 earthquake hitting Los Angeles. Jackson had been rehearsing at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for his performance of a 50-night concert tour in England. Apparently, the rigorous rehearsing put a toll on Jackson; it didn’t, however, have anything to do with his death.

For a number of years, Jackson has undergone surgery, which has caused him to take medication, and those medications can be very dangerous. Jackson was found in his home in Holmby Hills not breathing.

At that time, he was likely dead according to TMZ, the Los Angeles based celebrity TV program. Nevertheless, he was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center where the doctors had tried to resuscitate him, once again, after his cardiologist, who was at the scene of the incident, had also tried in vain.

The Los Angeles Times was originally quoted as saying he was in a deep coma. The truth of the matter is that he had a cardiac arrest and was dead when the paramedics had arrived at his home.

I’ve known the Jackson family for quite a few years now, especially Joe Jackson, Michael’s father, who resides in Las Vegas. Needless to say, Joe was in a state of shock.

Recently, when I was talking to Joe about Michael doing concerts and about Vegas, he would always tell me there’s nobody like Michael who could fill a show room every night of the week. In regards to health, Joe himself has had his share of medical problems.

At 79, he has taken a more serious attitude at keeping his body healthy. In fact, when I visited Joe recently, he had given me some vitamins for my health. Approximately two years ago, I had a birthday party which Joe attended (photo at right).

Around that time, I had to go to UCLA for prostate surgery. After the successful operation, I have been able to use this experience to speak out and influence men to get regular checkups to reduce prostate disorders and cancer risks.

In a sense, Joe and I both have had our share of medical issues and could understand how precious life can be. My thoughts and prayers are with him at this time.


Michael Jackson was one of the first entertainers who went to Moscow after the collapse of communism. He performed all over the region from Berlin to Warsaw to Moscow, performing to sold-out stadiums. He helped to change people’s attitudes from hate to love and inspired people worldwide. This is one of the things that Michael Jackson will be remembered for accomplishing.

According to California-based Alex Ayzin, a producer formerly from Moscow, Jackson was one of his inspirations for producing “The Winds of Freedom,” a symphonic tribute to the best in the human spirit.

This is one of the things that Michael Jackson will be remembered for.

It seems that it was just yesterday when I had attended the party at the Neverland Ranch which was thrown by the Las Vegas Hollywood Magazine’s publisher, Simon Sahouri.

Even at that time, Michael was dressed in disguise; he was very shy for one, and it never seemed that Michael enjoyed his childhood.

But let’s face it, it wasn’t a normal childhood, and it was always work, so Michael grew up fast–real fast. But one thing he will always be remembered as is the King of Pop.

Michael had a magic about him when on stage, and his music covered a wide genre of topics. Probably his biggest album was “Thriller,” which sold around 50 million copies worldwide. And, so we should remember the good things that Michael Jackson has left us with which is his music and his philosophy and songs that he has written.

There are a number of celebrities that offered their condolences to the Jackson family.

Among them were Steven Spielberg, Miley Cyrus, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wyclef Jean, Smokey Robinson, Britney Spears, and many others.

Governor Schwarzenegger stated, “Michael was top phenomenon who never stopped pushing the envelope of creativity. Although there were serious questions about his personal life, Michael was undoubtedly a great entertainer and his popularity spanned over generations and the globe.”

Michael and four of his brothers performed for years as the Jackson 5, and that was the beginning of the mega star’s love affair with his fans.

I think that one former Jackson 5 member, his brother Jermaine Jackson, stated it best: “My bother the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25 at 2:26 pm. It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home; however, the cause of death is unknown until results of an autopsy are known.

His personal physician, who was with him at the time, attempted to resuscitate my brother as did the paramedics.

While transporting him to UCLA medical Center, upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1:14 p.m., a team of doctors including emergency physicians and cardiologists attempted to resuscitate him for a period of more than one hour and were unsuccessful. My family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time. And may all love be with you Michael, always.”


Upon hearing the news that Michael Jackson was being taken to the hospital, fans began to gather. Then the news of his passing hit fans in the hearts, and they continued to flock to the hospital for a vigil.

One of the celebrities, who waited at the emergency exit of the hospital, was Porscha Coleman (pictured here), former star of the TV series “The Parker’s.”

She and her mother, Betty, stated that they just could not believe that this was happening as she could see the green helicopter taking Michael’s body from the medical center to the LA County coroner’s office.

“I love Michael Jackson. God bless him,” said Wyclef Jean.

“It’s always hard to lose a friend,” Smokey Robinson expressed.

Although Michael is no longer with us, his spirit will live on and his music will be part of our lives.

A public viewing is not yet finalized, plans are changing to accommodate the ever-increasing crowd size anticipated. Wherever it will be, it will be the largest size tribute in history, and it will commemorate the biggest star in world history.

Pete Allman is a Las Vegas-based commentator, broadcast personality and celebrity interviewer. He also produces inspirational messages for television and other media. Contact him at or (702)265-9099.