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  1. Jack Antonoff, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry

    Jack Antonoff Compares Taylor Swift to Michael Jackson, Calls Katy Perry and Lady Gaga's Music "Throwaway"

    Thu., Jul. 17, 2014 4:36 PM PDT
  2. Rose McGowan, Instagram

    Rose McGowan Tells Instagram Users to "F--k Off" After They Say She Resembles Michael Jackson

    Wed., Jul. 16, 2014 6:54 AM PDT
  3. La Toya Jackson

    La Toya Jackson Pays Tribute to Michael Jackson, Makes Special Request for Brother's Fans

    Wed., Jun. 25, 2014 12:38 PM PDT
  4. Macaulay Culkin, Mila Kunis

    5th Anniversary of Michael Jackson's Death: Look Back at His Star-Studded Memorial Service

    Wed., Jun. 25, 2014 10:00 AM PDT
  5. Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Children Five Years After Their Dad's Death: Find Out How Prince, Paris and Blanket Are Doing

    Wed., Jun. 25, 2014 8:00 AM PDT
  6. Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Legacy Lives On (and Cashes In) 5 Years After Death: How Much Money Has His Estate Earned?

    Wed., Jun. 25, 2014 5:59 AM PDT
  7. Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson: A Look Back at 7 of His Greatest Music Videos

    Wed., Jun. 25, 2014 4:00 AM PDT
  8. Prince Michael Jackson, Anna Paquin

    Prince Michael Jackson Has a Goatee, Meets Anna Paquin and Joe Manganiello—See the Pics!

    Wed., Jun. 18, 2014 10:29 AM PDT
  9. Paris Jackson, Instagram

    Paris Jackson "Doing a Lot Better" One Year After Suicide Attempt

    Thu., Jun. 05, 2014 6:23 PM PDT
  10. Bottle Boys

    These Guys Play Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" on Beer Bottles—Listen Now!

    Mon., Jun. 02, 2014 4:13 PM PDT
  11. Michael Jackson, Talent Show

    Teenager Mimics Michael Jackson's Iconic Dance Moves for Talent Show and Absolutely Nails It

    Thu., May. 22, 2014 10:05 AM PDT
  12. Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Hologram Takes the 2014 Billboard Music Awards Stage—See the Pic

    Sun., May. 18, 2014 6:40 PM PDT
  13. Justin Timberlake, Michael Jackson

    Watch Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson's New "Love Never Felt So Good" Music Video!

    Wed., May. 14, 2014 9:46 AM PDT
  14. Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's New Album XScape Debuts; L.A. Reid Remembers "Harmless" Singer as "Man of Love"

    Tue., May. 13, 2014 6:15 AM PDT
  15. Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's "New" Song "Love Never Felt So Good" Debuts—Listen Now!

    Fri., May. 02, 2014 5:46 AM PDT
  16. Frozen

    Frozen Videos Are Getting Weirder and Weirder: Behold, Elsa and Anna Dancing to..."Thriller"?!

    Fri., Apr. 25, 2014 3:19 PM PDT
  17. Michael Jackson, Xscape

    New Michael Jackson Album to Be Released in May Featuring 8 "Brand New" Recordings

    Mon., Mar. 31, 2014 7:02 PM PDT
  18. Debbie Rowe, Marc

    Debbie Rowe Engaged to Michael Jackson's Executive Producer Marc Schaffel—Check Out Her Ring!

    Fri., Mar. 28, 2014 2:44 PM PDT
  19. Brandon Howard, Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Love Child? Singer Brandon Howard's DNA Is an Alleged 99.9 Percent Match to the King of Pop

    Thu., Mar. 06, 2014 7:44 PM PST
  20. Zac Efron, Instagram

    Zac Efron Does the Moonwalk—Watch Now!

    Mon., Feb. 10, 2014 6:59 AM PST
  21. Justin Bieber, Michael Jackson

    Justin Bieber Compares Himself to Michael Jackson in Latest Instagram Pic—Check It Out

    Fri., Jan. 24, 2014 11:24 AM PST
  22. Lupita Nyong'o, Golden Globe Awards

    Lupita Nyong'o: Michael Jackson's "Childlike Quality" Inspired 12 Years a Slave Character

    Tue., Jan. 14, 2014 6:27 PM PST
  23. Aaron Paul, Michael Jackson

    Aaron Paul Befriended Michael Jackson After Partying With the Prince of Brunei (Yes, Really!)

    Wed., Jan. 08, 2014 5:42 AM PST
  24. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson "Doing Great" Back Home With Family During Holiday Break From Boarding School

    Fri., Jan. 03, 2014 10:21 AM PST
  25. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson Returning to Family Home for New Year's, Her First Time Back Since Hospitalization

    Tue., Dec. 31, 2013 3:27 PM PST
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

BORN: Aug. 29, 1958 Jun. 25, 2009

Michael Jackson will always be known as the King of Pop, but the performer's life and glorious career ended abruptly on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. Jackson died of cardiac arrest from a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol; his physician was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter and served time in prison.

The seventh of nine children, Jackson was born in Gary, Ind., on August 29, 1958 to Joe and Katherine Jackson. He began performing professionally with his brothers, calling themselves the Jackson 5. The group experienced instant success with classic songs like "ABC" and "I Want You Back." However, Jackson's talent was evident and he immediately distinguished himself.

In 1979, he released his breakout solo album Off the Wall with producer Quincy Jones. It sold 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. Hits like "Rock with You" and "Don't Stop ‘til You Get Enough" catapulted Jackson into the spotlight.

He followed that up with 1982's epic Thriller, which sold more than 70 million copies and continues to be the best-selling album of all time. Furthermore, timeless singles like "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Human Nature" and "Thriller" sold over 100 million copies and transformed Jackson into a global sensation.

Jackson was the complete and total package. He was a skilled singer and dancer. In 1983, he introduced the world to the moonwalk, which became his signature dance move, during a television special celebrating Motown's 25th anniversary.

Of course, Jackson's achievements were not without controversy. Reports started surfacing that the singer was bleaching his skin in order to lighten his skin. However, Jackson vehemently denied the claims, asserting that he suffered from a skin condition called vitiligo. Over the years, his skin continued to get lighter and his facial features were altered drastically after multiple plastic surgery procedures.

After the release of his third album Bad, the superstar bought and began transforming Neverland Ranch, an extravagant estate with an amusement park. In 1993, the singer was accused of molesting a 13-year-old boy who spent the night at the ranch. Jackson maintained his innocence and settled the matter outside of court.

As the years progressed, Jackson made headlines as much for his personal behavior as his music. In 1994, he married Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie, but the pair split up soon after. Two years later, he married Debbie Rowe and had two children, Prince Michael I and Paris Michael Jackson. He eventually divorced Rowe and kept custody of the children. Later, he had a third child Prince Michael II, who was nicknamed Blanket. In 2002, Jackson was harshly criticized for holding Blanket over a hotel balcony in Germany.

Jackson's troubles continued in 2003. During an interview with British journalist Martin Bashir for a television documentary, he disclosed that he had sleepovers with children in his bed. One year later, Jackson was arrested and charged with lewd conduct with a minor, attempted lewd conduct, administering alcohol to facilitate molestation, conspiracy to commit child abduction, false imprisonment and extortion. His trial quickly became a media frenzy; however Jackson was acquitted of all charges in 2005.

After the trial, Jackson left Neverland and moved to Bahrain with his children. Jackson kept a low-profile during that time.

In early 2009, Jackson announced his return. He would be giving his fans a series of farewell concerts in the U.K. before exiting the stage permanently. The news surrounding his final rehearsals was positive, and many declared that Jackson was back in top form. Unfortunately, the performances never came to fruition before the singer's passing.

Jackson left the majority of his estate to his mother and three children. He also donated a generous amount to charity. Following his death, Jackson's estate continued to earn millions, and the documentary This is It, which chronicled his preparations for his final concerts, grossed more than $250 million globally.

The world mourned the singer who had touched so many hearts with his music, but even in death, Jackson's legacy lives on. Over the course of his extraordinary career, he sold 750 million albums worldwide, had 13 number one singles, won 13 Grammy awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…twice.

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