WRITTEN BY RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
It was just a normal Thursday, which we were halfway thru the week as we couldn’t wait for the weekend. Angello and I were banging out sets as usual on Bedford when we heard the sad news. Queen on the Scene ran up on us in a frantic pace telling us that Michael Jackson was dead.
First off, if you don’t know, who Queen on the Scene is? She is a homeless woman who is a personal amateur bodyguard for celebrities as they go to the doctor’s office. She offers her services to protect the celebrity from annoying poporazzi then she gets a donation, if she doesn’t get a donation, she doesn’t hesitates to shit on the celebrity for being a tightwad. Most of the when she came up to us talking about celebrity news we normally thought she was crazy but this time she was on point. Apparently, Mr. Jackson was carted off in an ambulance in the morning for health complications but he wasn’t dead yet. I tell Queen to calm down because he wasn’t dead yet but we still had to investigate it for ourselves.
I made a couple of calls finding out that MJ was heading to UCLA Medical center. But before we head over there, I spotted Flavor Flav walking the down the street which you couldn’t miss him with his big clock necklace. We all run down the street to get Flavor as we all start taking photos and video of him. He was loving the attention, showing off his famous grille having a blast with us until Queen showed up to do her act telling Flavor the horrible news that MJ was possibly dead. Flav stopped in his tracks hugging Queen asking us if it was true or not. We tell him the story that he got rushed to the hospital but he wasn’t dead yet. But it was evident that the news really affected him like it did Queen, so we decided to go the medical center to see what was going on, taking Queen with us.
When we get there it was already a madhouse as the bad news has already spread around town that MJ was dead as all the news services showed up to UCLA to cover this event. But not also did the press caught wind of MJ’s death, his fans showed up in droves, crowding the entrance of the medical building. A lot of them holding pictures of Michael, some of them with their signs showing their love for the King of Pop. Angello and I started to take pictures and film the pain and chaos surrounding the medical center. Then head of PR of the hospital held a press conference to tell us the bad news.
“Michael Jackson has been pronounced dead on June 25, 2009, at 2:26 pm PT.”
The shit just hit the fan. People were crying and holding each other, hearing the awful news. As Angello and I, tried to get out of the press conference, pushing out way of the crowd so we could upload our photos, I noticed a large contingency of the media filming this little girl holding a Michael Jackson picture in her arms, crying after hearing the bad news. I looked around noticing that this little girl wasn’t the only one that was affected by Jackson’s passing because we all grew up on his music. It was like hearing a good friend of yours just died. It finally hit me that MJ was actually dead and I was in shock like the rest of the masses at UCLA but I still had a job to do, so we find the nearest Starbucks to upload our shit.
That Starbucks was packed with reporters trying to do the same shit we were trying to do but they had the same problem we did trying to send the most important story of the year.
The fucking internet stopped working. Like it literally stopped because of all the traffic of the Michael Jackson news. I tired to check on the latest news on MJ but my phone couldn’t pull up anything. I couldn’t even text or email anyone. The Michael news was so big that it affected the ebb of flow of the net. This was the first time I’ve ever seen that happened before but I guess I should have expected it when someone that had a lot of positive affect on billions of people around the world, would have that kind of power. People wanted to share their thoughts about the man who brought countless of joy in their lives.
We gather our things deciding we should just leave this sad scene, taking Queen back to Bedford. As we past the medical building, we could see the huge crowd of Michael’s fans huddled up together, lighting up candles for the late great Michael Jackson, holding hands as they singing his songs, as once again MJ brings us all together with his music.
Rest in Peace Michael Joseph Jackson
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