It was June 25, 2009 and Michael Jackson was just over two weeks away from beginning his 50-show concert residency at the O2 arena in London.
The concert series, which was the first significant tour since the 2001 Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, were described as “the greatest comeback in the history of pop”.
But the shows would never go ahead.
On that day, 10 years ago, Michael Jackson’s personal physician, Conrad Murray, found the performer in bed at around 12pm. He wasn’t breathing.
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After administering CPR on Jackson to no avail, Murray called paramedics to his home in the Holmby Hills neighbourhood of Los Angeles.
Once they arrived, the paramedics tried to revive Jackson before he was transported to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. At 2.26pm, he was pronounced dead.
On the day after Jackson’s death, an autopsy discovered a combination of drugs in the singer’s system including propofol, lorazepam, midazolam and diazepam.
The death was concluded to be a homicide following acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication. In 2011, Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
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Now, a decade on from Michael Jackson’s sudden death, a new documentary, Killing Michael Jackson, is investigating the death of the singer.
Here’s four things we’ve learned so far from the new documentary.
1. Conrad Murray allegedly waited 25 minutes to call paramedics.
In the documentary, detectives Orlando Martinez, Dan Myers and Scott Smith, who were the first LA police to enter Jackson’s bedroom, alleged that Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray waited 25 minutes before he attempted to revive the performer or contact paramedics.
Detective Martinez claimed that Murray spent those 25 minutes making phone calls, sending emails and clearing away medical supplies while Jackson wasn’t breathing.
“Mr Murray started cleaning up the mess that he had left, covering up the medical treatment that he was giving,” Martinez claimed.