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  1. Conrad Murray, Michael Jackson

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

    Thu., Oct. 03, 2013 7:29 AM PDT
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber

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

    Sat., Aug. 17, 2013 9:18 PM PDT
  8. 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
  9. Debbie Rowe

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

    Wed., Aug. 14, 2013 4:06 PM PDT
  10. michael jackson

    Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial: Blogger Banned for Shooting Unauthorized Photo

    Thu., Jul. 25, 2013 6:17 AM PDT
  11. Katherine Jackson

    Katherine Jackson Testifies at Michael Jackson Trial: I Didn't Know He Was Abusing Pills

    Mon., Jul. 22, 2013 4:50 PM PDT
  12. Katherine Jackson, William Hall

    Katherine Jackson Testifies at Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

    Fri., Jul. 19, 2013 2:29 PM PDT
  13. Paris Jackson, Instagram

    Paris Jackson Is "Doing Well," Not Rejected by Treatment Facility, Says Source

    Tue., Jul. 02, 2013 11:24 AM PDT
  14. Paris Jackson, Debbie Rowe

    Paris Jackson Reaches Out From Hospital Through Mom Debbie Rowe

    Mon., Jul. 01, 2013 9:05 PM PDT
  15. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson Getting Better: "She Should Be Out of the Hospital Soon," Says Uncle Jackie Jackson

    Sat., Jun. 29, 2013 10:02 PM PDT
  16. Michael Jackson, Wade Robson

    Wade Robson: Michael Jackson Brainwashed Me

    Fri., Jun. 28, 2013 9:43 AM PDT
  17. TJ Jackson, T.J. Jackson

    T.J. Jackson Says Paris Was a "Daddy's Girl," Reveals Michael Wanted More Kids During Wrongful Death Trial

    Thu., Jun. 27, 2013 3:52 PM PDT
  18. Jackson Exhibits

    Intimate Michael Jackson Family Photos Shown in Court During Prince's Testimony—See Them Here!

    Wed., Jun. 26, 2013 7:50 PM PDT
  19. Prince Jackson, Entertainment Tonight

    Prince Jackson Recalls Last Time He Saw His Father Alive While Testifying in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

    Wed., Jun. 26, 2013 12:21 PM PDT
  20. Prince Jackson, Entertainment Tonight

    Prince Jackson "Ready and Confident" to Take the Stand in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

    Wed., Jun. 26, 2013 8:45 AM PDT
  21. Prince Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson, Blanket Jackson. TJ Jackson

    Katherine and T.J. Jackson Will Continue Being Coguardians of Michael Jackson's Children

    Tue., Jun. 25, 2013 2:31 PM PDT
  22. Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Twitter

    Britney Spears Remembers Michael Jackson, Feels "Honored to Have Shared the Stage With Him"

    Tue., Jun. 25, 2013 1:52 PM PDT
  23. Michael Jackson, Costumes

    Michael Jackson's 5 Best Fashion Looks

    Tue., Jun. 25, 2013 11:28 AM PDT
  24. Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Death Four Years On: Take a Look Back at the King of Pop's Life in Pictures

    Tue., Jun. 25, 2013 10:00 AM PDT
  25. Paris Jackson, Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Jermaine Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Kids, Four Years After Dad's Death: How Are Prince, Paris and Blanket?

    Tue., Jun. 25, 2013 8:00 AM 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.

Paris Jackson Makes Rare Red Carpet Appearance

Michael's only daughter steps out for an event with her new boyfriend. Take a look.