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Michael Jackson Died

This Black History Month, NewsOne takes a look back at the top African-American moments from 2000 to 2012. Some will make you happy while others will undoubtedly make you angry and/or sad. Either way, hereโ€™s to the last 12 years of our living history. Enjoy!

Moment: Michael Jackson unexpectedly passes away.

Why: The death of Michael Jackson shocked the globe, and the timing of his death in 2009 was especially hard to fathom considering the self-proclaimed King Of Pop was gearing up for a world tour and comeback. Despite his reclusive state and much-publicized legal struggles, Jackson was still a very much beloved figure. There were reports of new music in the works and Jacksonโ€™s rabid fan base was chomping at the bit. Jackson succumbed to cardiac arrest, after complications arose from propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication. The Jackson family graciously held a public funeral, and the emotionally riveting moment is still both beautiful and painful to watch.

Watch Jackson’s Memorial and Funeral here:

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