How TMZ broke news of Michael Jackson’s death one year ago

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Gossip Cop
interviewed Harvey Levin, TMZ’s executive producer. On June 25, 2009, his team broke the worldwide exclusive news of Michael Jackson’s shocking death.

June 25, 2009 started off as an ordinary day in the L.A. offices of TMZ.

In fact, when TMZ got its first tip at around 1 p.m. PST that Michael Jackson was being taken to the hospital, “it was not that alarming,” recalls Harvey Levin, explaining the singer had “been taken to the hospital many times before” for non-life threatening ailments.

“We didn’t think it was a life/death thing,” says Levin, until he received the next tip that Jackson had gone into full cardiac arrest.

And that’s when a “minor” Michael Jackson hospitalization piece turned into a “huge story.”

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