The Last Days of Michael Jackson aired last night (May 24th) and has already ruffled some feathers, especially with his family.
On Wednesday, before the documentary had aired, Michael Jackson‘s estate issued a statement condemning ABC’s special The Last Days of Michael Jackson. “We believe the special to be another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael’s legacy, intellectual property rights or his children,” the statement noted.
Other than what the estate had to say, there are a few points to take away from the documentary. Jackson took roundabout ways to get his music on white radio stations by using his collaborations with Eddie Van Halen and Paul McCartney to get onto white airwaves. He also was a perfectionist as he believed that every album had higher and higher expectations than the previous one. Jackson said in an old interview. “No matter how good it is, they go well, it wasn’t as good as…”
Jackson was revving up for a tour when he died and the reason for that tour was to get himself out of debt. That tour ended before it started due to the artist’s death. His death was a long time coming as it began with his hair getting burned during the filming of a Pepsi commercial from which he sustained serious burns and even had trouble sleeping. That is where Michael was introduced to the anesthetic Propofol, which he used as a sedative until he overdosed at the hand of his doctor, Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter, though you won’t find that out in the documentary.