Michael Jackson’s Estate Honors ‘Gifted Artist’ 10 Years After His Death

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Michael Jackson’s estate commemorated the 10th anniversary of the singer’s death with an emotional statement.

A decade after Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of acute Propofol intoxication at age 50, his estate lauded him as a “gifted” and “extraordinary humanitarian.”

“Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian,” the statement read. “The entire global community joined in grieving during a powerful and emotional memorial service witnessed by more people than had ever viewed a live event before.”

It continued: “United in grief, the world wept not only at the loss of an artistic genius but at the void left by the loss of a father, son and brother. A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art and music of the moment. He is more important than ever. But the true measure of Michael was his giving to others which came in many forms.”

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Jackson’s estate has been especially vocal this year due to the January release of Leaving Neverland, a documentary that explored sexual abuse allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck against the music icon.

The estate said the accusers’ claims were “pathetic,” while also alleging the film was made to exploit Jackson’s memory.

“This is yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson,” the statement read at the time.

Executors also filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO, the company that aired the documentary.

The estate, however, has yet to comment on an upcoming documentary that will explore the events surrounding the King of Pop’s death.

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Discovery Networks International has acquired rights to the hour-long feature, Killing Michael Jackson, from U.K. company Zig Zag Productions.

The documentary will offer insight into Jackson’s relationship with Doctor Conrad Murray, as well as details from detectives Orlando Martinez, Dan Myers, and Scott Smith, who took part in the LAPD investigation into Jackson’s death.

The film will air in the U.K., Italy, Germany, the Nordics, Poland, New Zealand, and Belgium. A release date hasn’t been shared at this time.