Michael Jackson, Pop Star and ex-Jehovah’s Witness, dies of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles
Pop star and ex-Jehovah’s Witness Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home on June 25 2009. Michael was rushed to UCLA Medical Centre in a coma but doctors were unable to revive him. He was just weeks away from beginning his comeback tour in London.
On Watchtower Information Service articles about Michael Jackson were always very popular. Especially that Michael reportedly became a Muslim was greeted with applause by visitors from the Islamic world (see the comments in previous articles on Watchtower Information Service).
Michael Jackson and the Jehovah’s Witnesses
In an interview Michael gave in the year 2000 he was speaking quite positive about his Jehovah’s Witnesses past:
“As we grew older, [visiting the Kingdom Hall] became difficult, and my remarkable and truly saintly mother would sometimes end up there on her own. When circumstances made it increasingly complex for me to attend, I was comforted by the belief that God exists in my heart, and in music and in beauty, not only in a building. But I still miss the sense of community that I felt there – I miss the friends and the people who treated me like I was simply one of them.”
But this doesn’t mean that the Watchtower Society always appreciated Michael’s music. In 1984 the Awake! Magazine featured an article with the title “I Would Never Do It Again!”:
“In another popular video, Thriller, the performer is seen to transform first into a “cat person,” then a dancing “monster.” Evidently not wanting viewers to conclude that it promoted spiritism, the film begins with the disclaimer: “Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult.—Michael Jackson.” Nevertheless, it was so realistic that some who saw it admitted that they were horrified at first. What was this short film intended to convey? And how does the performer, Michael Jackson, feel about it in looking back?
“I would never do it again!” says Jackson. “I just intended to do a good, fun short film, not to purposely bring to the screen something to scare people or to do anything bad. I want to do what’s right. I would never do anything like that again.” Why not? “Because a lot of people were offended by it,” explains Jackson. “That makes me feel bad. I don’t want them to feel that way. I realize now that it wasn’t a good idea. I’ll never do a video like that again!” He continues: “In fact, I have blocked further distribution of the film over which I have control, including its release in some other countries. There’s all kinds of promotional stuff being proposed on Thriller. But I tell them, ‘No, no, no. I don’t want to do anything on Thriller. No more Thriller.’”” (May 22, 1984 Awake! Magazine (pg. 18-20)
In the spring of 1987 Michael disassociated himself and was shunned by his former Jehovah’s Witness friends.
Michael’s music lives on…