The world's biggest pop star died 10 years ago Tuesday, and the estate of Michael Jackson marked the occasion with a statement calling him "more important than ever," reports Billboard. "A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art, and music of the moment," says the statement, which goes on to suggest that his fans honor him by performing a charitable act in their community. The anniversary, of course, comes on the heels of a documentary that put a serious dent in Jackson's reputation with new allegations of child molestation. Related coverage:
- Conspiracy theories: As often happens in celebrity deaths, some fans insist Jackson isn't really dead. Vice digs into the various theories, with one of the most prominent the result of cryptic messages from Jackson's longtime stylist, Steve Erhardt. "In a recording studio, somewhere in the world, in an undisclosed location, he's coming soon," he wrote in 2018. Other truthers say he faked his death because of crushing debt, and so on. There's even a website devoted to "sightings."
- The other death: Farrah Fawcett died the same day as Jackson, and E! News recounts the crazy media day. "I always had the sense that Farrah would kind of be getting a laugh out of that and saying, 'Thank God, they're over there, finally,'" says her friend, Alana Stewart. "'They're leaving me alone. The paparazzi, the reporters, the news cameras.'"