Although no official determination about his death has been made, the case is shining new light on the widespread abuse of doctor-prescribed drugs.
Many African-Americans look past the controversies and cosmetic surgery to his achievements as a barrier-breaking musical star.
A Christian Science perspective.
Nostalgia for a musical prodigy seemed to trump the pop star's dark side, as albums sold out and fans swamped social media with tributes.
The 'King of Pop' used the music channel to moonwalk his way to fame. But his decline, too, was precipitated by the way TV amplified his peculiarities.