MICHAEL Jackson’s sex abuse allegations have been all anyone can talk about since Leaving Neverland airing on Channel 4 this week.
Two men alleged that they had been molested by the King of Pop as children at his famous Neverland Ranch. Here’s all you need to know about the Billie Jean singer.
When and how did Michael Jackson die?
In his testimony, Michael Jackson‘s personal physician Conrad Murray said he found the singer in bed and not breathing on the afternoon of June 25, 2009.
The pop legend had been rehearsing past midnight on the night of June 24, ahead of a series of comeback concerts at the London O2 Arena, and had not left his bedroom in the morning.
After trying to revive Jackson for five to ten minutes without effect, Murray called paramedics who performed CPR on the singer for 42 minutes at his house in the Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, before he was taken to the hospital.
The ambulance arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre at 1.14pm, and Jackson was pronounced dead after over an hour of attempted resuscitation at 2.26pm.
Michael Jackson died of an overdose of the drugs propofol and benzodiazepine following a cardiac arrest.
An autopsy also found the drugs midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine in his body.
In the trial of Murray, the defence claimed that the singer had overdosed on the drugs himself after the physician left him in his bedroom on the day of his death.
However, the prosecution claimed Murray was incompetent and had used the anaesthetic propofol without the correct safeguards, and a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011.
Jackson’s personal physician was sentenced to four years in prison, but was released in October 2013 after serving less than half of his jail term.
The singer had a long history of health problems and had sparked concerns a month before his death after postponing several of his high-profile comeback concerts.
In the new twist, 11 of his accusers have stepped forward to demand that his remains be exhumed for DNA tests.
Radar Online alleged that “proof of crimes” lie “buried with the King of Pop.”
The website said that Jackson’s body “may be exhumed from its crypt to prove he was a serial molester” after further alleged sex assault victims stepped forward claiming they were abused by the star.
The sensational claims have been slammed as completely “untrue” and “malicious” by the Michael Jackson Estate.
Did Michael Jackson predict his own death?
Michael sent a series of letters voicing his fears that he would be “murdered” just weeks before he died from a drug overdose.
The singer sent 13 letters in total declaring: “They are trying to murder me” and “I am scared about my life”.
Jackson’s daughter Paris, 20, and sister La Toya have always argued the King of Pop was unlawfully killed following his death in 2009.
In her first ever interview with Rolling Stone in January 2017, the pop icon’s daughter Paris reopened the controversy around her father’s death with a series of explosive claims – namely that her father was killed in what she says was a “set up”.
“He would drop hints about people being out to get him and at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day,’” Paris revealed.
Some people also believe that he could still be alive and that his “fake death” was predicted by the Simpsons.
Michael guest-starred in an episode in 1991 in which a newspaper had the headline “Michael Jackson Hoax”.
Who did Michael Jackson marry?
Michael Jackson had two high profile short-lived marriages.
They split in early 1996 with Lisa Marie citing “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce.
Presley told Oprah Winfrey in 2010 after their separation that they repeatedly tried to reconcile.
Michael reportedly relied heavily on Lisa Marie for support when he first became embroiled in allegations of child abuse.
In 1996, Jackson married nurse Debbie Rowe who worked with his dermatologist who was treating him for vitiligo.
She offered to have his children, and after becoming pregnant in 1996 wed the singer in Sydney, Australia – they divorced three years later.
Who are Michael Jackson’s children?
Michael Jackson had two children with his second wife Debbie Rowe and one from an unnamed donor.
The children he had with Rowe were Michael Joseph Jackson Jr, also known as “Prince” in 1997 and Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson in 1998.
His third child Prince Michael Jackson II, nicknamed “Blanket”, was born in 2002 to an unnamed mother.
The youngest Jackson has since changed his name officially to “Bigi” after it was revealed he was bullied as a result of the nickname his dad gave him.
Blanket was infamously dangled over the balcony of a Berlin hotel room shortly after his birth by his dad as the paparazzi waited outside.
How can I watch Leaving Neverland?
The controversial documentary Leaving Neverland aired on Channel 4 on March 6 and 7.
You can watch part one and two NOW on 4 Catch Up.
The two-part film, made by British filmmaker Dan Reed, contains interviews with two former childhood fans of the Thriller singer who claim they were abused by him when they were children in his enormous California mansion dubbed Neverland.