J-Sizzle

J-Sizzle will showcase work from AHS Journalism I students.

First up, an obituary-writing exercise. The students wrote an obituary of Michael Jackson based on factual information, a mock press conference, and independent research and interviews. Here are some excerpts from some of the best:

By Lizzie Noxon/J-Line Writer

Michael Joseph Jackson, also known as the King of Pop, died yesterday at UCLA Medical Center, after arriving in a coma, according to a hospital official. He was 50.

The Los Angeles Police Department has assigned the robbery and homicide division to investigate the death, and the coroner has taken his body to investigate as well, according to Los Angeles police.

 The spokesperson for UCLA Medical Center also said that Mr. Jackson was rushed to the hospital from his home in Holmby Hills just out side of Los Angeles shortly after 12 p.m.

 Mr. Jackson’s brother, Jermaine Jackson, made a statement outside the medical center at 6:30 p.m. “My brother the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson passed away on Thursday, June 25 at 2:26p.m,” said Jermaine Jackson. “It is believed he suffered heart attack in his home which is unknown until the autopsy is known.”

 “Our family requests privacy during this tough time and may Allah be with you, Michael, always,” he also said.        

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By Courtney Mayfield/J-Line Writer

Michael Joseph Jackson, the legendary King of Pop, died yesterday at UCLA Medical Center. He was 50.

According to a UCLA Medical Center spokesperson, Mr. Jackson was pronounced died at 2:26 pm after he suffered from cardiac arrest at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills, California

The Los Angles police department has assigned homicide and robbery division to investigate, while coroners will conduct an exam. An autopsy and toxicology are planned. Doctors said that cardiac arrest may not be the exact result of Mr. Jackson’s death. However, the cause will not be determined until the results of the autopsy are known.

Mr. Jackson was in the process of preparing for his “This Is It” tour in London. Fans snatched up more than $85 million worth of tickets.

 “I am absolutely devastated at this tragic and unexpected news. I lost my little brother and part of my soul has gone with him,” said Quincy Jones.

After the news spread about Mr. Jackson’s death, many crying fans crowded outside UCLA Medical Center, leaving teddy bears and personal notes showing their love for him and his family.

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