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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Zac Efron, Instagram

    Zac Efron Does the Moonwalk—Watch Now!

    Mon., Feb. 10, 2014 6:59 AM PST
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Paris Jackson

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

    Fri., Jan. 03, 2014 10:21 AM PST
  8. 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
  9. Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake

    Britney Spears: I'm Inspired by Ex-Boyfriend Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé and Miley Cyrus

    Mon., Dec. 30, 2013 6:28 AM PST
  10. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson Leaves Utah Boarding School, Travelling to Hawaii for the Holidays to Be With Her Family

    Sat., Dec. 21, 2013 11:24 AM PST
  11. Prince Michael Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson, Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    Michael Jackson's Kids Share Intimate Memories of Life With Their Famous Dad in New Documentary

    Mon., Dec. 16, 2013 4:25 PM PST
  12. Conrad Murray, Mug Shot

    Michael Jackson's Former Doctor, Conrad Murray, Released From Jail

    Mon., Oct. 28, 2013 3:38 AM PDT
  13. Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones

    Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson's Estate for $10 Million

    Fri., Oct. 25, 2013 7:58 PM PDT
  14. Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Twitter

    Miley Cyrus Kissing Michael Jackson? See the Pic of Bangerz Star With King of Pop Look-Alike

    Tue., Oct. 22, 2013 6:35 PM PDT
  15. Gravity, George Clooney

    Fifty Shades of Grey, Gravity, Back to the Future and Other Movies With Recast Roles

    Tue., Oct. 15, 2013 12:29 PM PDT
  16. Katherine Jackson, Paris Jackson

    Katherine Jackson Is "Very Sad" About Michael Jackson's Wrongful Death Verdict, Says Source

    Thu., Oct. 03, 2013 10:38 AM PDT
  17. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson

    Conrad Murray Says He "Cried" Over Jackson/AEG Trial Verdict, Feels "Relieved"

    Thu., Oct. 03, 2013 7:29 AM PDT
  18. Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Family "Not Happy" With Wrongful Death Verdict, Exploring Options as AEG Live Is Found Not Liable

    Wed., Oct. 02, 2013 7:20 PM PDT
  19. Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Verdict: Family Loses, AEG Live Not Liable in Singer's Death

    Wed., Oct. 02, 2013 3:39 PM PDT
  20. Elton John, Miley Cyrus

    Elton John: Miley Cyrus Is "a Meltdown Waiting to Happen," Lady Gaga Is in a "Dangerous Place"

    Mon., Sep. 16, 2013 3:53 PM PDT
  21. Katherine Jackson, Paris Jackson

    Legal Victory for AEG Live in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Case: Executives Dismissed From Lawsuit

    Mon., Sep. 09, 2013 7:19 PM PDT
  22. Katherine Jackson, Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson's Grandmother Breaks Silence on Teen's Hospitalization: "Treatment Is Going Really Good"

    Mon., Aug. 26, 2013 6:32 PM PDT
  23. Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber

    Justin Bieber & Michael Jackson's Mysterious Collaboration Leaks—Listen Here!

    Sat., Aug. 17, 2013 9:18 PM PDT
  24. Debbie Rowe, Court

    Debbie Rowe Testifies About Paris Jackson Suicide Attempt: "She Doesn't Feel She Has a Life Anymore"

    Thu., Aug. 15, 2013 6:53 PM PDT
  25. Debbie Rowe

    Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial: Debbie Rowe Breaks Down on the Stand

    Wed., Aug. 14, 2013 4:06 PM PDT
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson

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.

Jackson Family Attorney Addresses Verdict

Following the ruling on Katherine Jackson's case against AEG, Jackson family attorney Kevin Boyle speaks on behalf of the family.