Last week Conrad Murray was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of Michael Jackson. Being the spokesman for his fan club, I was in demand for 24 hours by news outlets including BBC News, BBC Breakfast, Radio 2, Radio 5, Sky News and Channel 5 amongst others.
I’m no stranger to the TV/Radio world since Michael’s acquittal in the 2005 trial. Since then I’ve made regular appearances on international platforms, never more so than when he passed away in 2009. Most of my views about the trial of Conrad Murray can be read in the Huffington Post interview I gave, however I thought I’d pen my own summary for this blog.
Whilst I definitely agree with the verdict (and if anything believe the charge should have been more severe), it’s fair to say that at the end of the day, none of this matters as the world is still without a pop icon and three children are without their father.
When I witnessed the verdict being read out, whilst on live TV, my happiness lasted only a few seconds until it turned to sadness. I realised very quickly that this put an end to a chapter, that the death of Michael Jackson was explained and that above all, this was a tragedy that could have been avoided. Now we know that it was through sheer human negligence, it begs the question of whether he would still be with us today had he not met Conrad Murray.
As a fan of Michael’s the trial was hard to take in. Seeing photos of his lifeless body and hearing upsetting audio was quite disturbing. I count myself as a big fan, however this disaster will never be as devastating for me as it was for his children and family.