Michael Jackson’s death in the Thai-language press

Komchadluek, July 1, 2009 - It reads: Michael Jackson autopsy revealed - Stomach examination indicates dosages of medicine used - Scrawny - Balding - Injection traces left on body - King of Pop’s will quested - Mother to take care according to law - Father’s word claiming absolute right - Clarifying music fans’ doubt - Decoding medicines that killed Jack-o


Michael Jackson's death in the Thai-language press

Left: Matichon Weekly, July 3, 2009
It reads: Moon Walker - “Mark-kle” Jackson steps regressively [moonwalks backwards] “in lost” [This pokes fun at Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva by changing Michael Jackson's name to add in the PM's nickname "Mark" and implying he is not making progress.]
Right: Nation Weekend, July 3, 2009
It reads: The final song

Daily News, June 29, 2009 - 6-8 weeks to know autopsy result of Michael - Unexpected death shocking the world - Heart attack - Possible drug overdose involved


Kom Chad Luek, June 28, 2009 - It reads: Fear for Jackson’s fans to commit suicide following (his death) - Investigating doctor’s overdose prescription - Autopsy to be known in 2 months - Fame raised to compare to Elvis

Matichon, June 28, 2009 - Leaving a great debt of 14 billion –Jackson passed away - Heart attack - Drug overdose - His fans mourn the death!

Matichon, June 28, 2009 -The caption reads: Picture from the past - The picture in the past when Michael Jackson was on tour to his concert in Thailand. Thai girls dressed up in Thai dress to welcome him on November, 1996.

Khoasod, June 28, 2009 - The caption reads: Mournful - Michael Thang, Thai “Michael Jackson” impersonator brings flowers to mourn the death of the King of Pop at the US embassy in Bangkok, Thailand on June 26 (2009).

Daily News also reprinted a headline from 1993 when one of Jackson's concerts was postponed in Bangkok.
Daily News
, August 28, 1993 - It reads: Worn out in dancing, “Jackson” weakens - Tolerates - (Performs) crotch-grabbing dancing till the end [Meaning something like: He felt sick, but continued his crotch grabbing dancing until the end of the show]

The man, his music, that walk - Bangkok Post, June 27, 2009

Die-hard Thai fans mourn “King of Pop” - MSNBC, June 26, 2009

When Michael played Bangkok - Bangkok Post, June 27, 2009
In August of 1993, Thailand had the fastest growing economy in the world. The country and its entrepreneurs were addicted to daily jabs of extravagance, using massive foreign reserves to order the aircraft carrier Chakri Naruebet, throw hundreds of moo baan to encircle Bangkok, and convert green acres into malls.
All that excess and waste looked grey and ordinary when it was announced in July that the Dangerous tour with Michael Jackson was coming to town...

Michael Jackson in Bangkok - June 26, 2009
On August 24, 1993, Michael Jackson resumed his Dangerous World Tour in Bangkok. We seem to recall photos of Jackson marching along with Thai army cadets, but we are able to local this photo.
Michael Jackson's Dangerous Tour Dates - Michael Jackson Dangerous World Tour Collectibles

Don adds: Jackson played Muang Thong Thani on November 5, 1996.  You can see his world-tour schedule here. That was pre-Impact. Nothing out there but a field. I was always curious why he played on a temporary stage way out there instead of someplace like, say, the National Stadium.
[The answer is bribes. This is the reason the stadium is rarely be used for international events. Even right before the 1993 concerts at National Stadium, last minute extortion by those who control access to the stadium nearly scuttled the concerts.]

Also: Thai fans join world in mourning 'King of Pop' - The Nation, June 26, 2009

Also: Jackson dies, almost takes Internet with him - CNN, June 26, 2009

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