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  1. Paris Jackson, Taj Jackson

    Paris Jackson Wants to Attend Cousin's Weekend Wedding, Could Be Out of Hospital by Friday

    Mon., Jun. 10, 2013 6:29 PM PDT
  2. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson Didn't Intend to Kill Herself, Says Michael Jackson Book Author

    Fri., Jun. 07, 2013 2:12 PM PDT
  3. Trent Jackson, Katherine Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Family a No-Show at Wrongful Death Trial in Wake of Paris Jackson's Alleged Suicide Attempt

    Thu., Jun. 06, 2013 3:33 PM PDT
  4. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson's Alleged Suicide Attempt: Teen Felt "Bullied" at School, Says Source

    Thu., Jun. 06, 2013 5:13 AM PDT
  5. Paris Jackson, Instagram

    Paris Jackson's Alleged Suicide Attempt: What We Know

    Wed., Jun. 05, 2013 2:52 PM PDT
  6. Paris Jackson, Debbie Rowe

    Paris Jackson's Relationship With Mom Debbie Rowe Caused "Falling Out" With Brother Prince

    Wed., Jun. 05, 2013 2:12 PM PDT
  7. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson Is "Physically Fine" After Alleged Attempted Suicide, Family Attorney Says

    Wed., Jun. 05, 2013 1:58 PM PDT
  8. Paris Jackson, Twit Pic

    Paris Jackson Hospitalized After Reported Attempted Suicide

    Wed., Jun. 05, 2013 10:05 AM PDT
  9. Katherine Jackson, Joe Jackson

    Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial: Katherine Jackson Accused of "Extortion"

    Wed., Jun. 05, 2013 7:59 AM PDT
  10. Michael Jackson, Katie Couric, Bob Saget

    Katie Couric Turned Down Michael Jackson, Dated Bob Saget and Jeff Probst

    Thu., May. 30, 2013 10:11 AM PDT
  11. Janet Jackson

    Janet Jackson Attends Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

    Wed., May. 29, 2013 10:31 AM PDT
  12. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson Channels Her Inner Cowgirl—See the Pic

    Tue., May. 28, 2013 11:06 AM PDT
  13. Wade Robson

    Wade Robson in Hawaii With Family as Michael Jackson Molestation Claim Controversy Heats Up

    Sat., May. 18, 2013 10:55 AM PDT
  14. Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, Taj Jackson

    Michael Jackson Molestation Accusation Slammed by Nephew: "I Know Wade Robson Is Lying"

    Thu., May. 16, 2013 4:03 PM PDT
  15. Michael Jackson, Wade Robson

    Michael Jackson Accuser Wade Robson: 5 Things to Know

    Thu., May. 16, 2013 2:28 PM PDT
  16. Michael Jackson, Wade Robson

    Wade Robson: Michael Jackson Was a "Pedophile" Who Sexually Abused Me

    Thu., May. 16, 2013 9:48 AM PDT
  17. Chris Brown

    Chris Brown Grabs Crotch in Rihanna Reminiscent Dance Move

    Fri., May. 10, 2013 12:40 PM PDT
  18. Michael Jackson, Wade Robson

    Michael Jackson's Estate Hit With New Child-Molestation Claim From Choreographer Wade Robson: Exclusive Details

    Tue., May. 07, 2013 8:20 PM PDT
  19. Paris Jackson, Debbie Rowe

    Paris Jackson Hangs Out With Mom Debbie Rowe at Pony Ranch

    Mon., May. 06, 2013 11:08 AM PDT
  20. Rebbie Jackson, Randy Jackson, Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial Begins: 5 Opening-Statement Slams

    Mon., Apr. 29, 2013 5:20 PM PDT
  21. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson Reunites With Estranged Mom Debbie Rowe

    Mon., Apr. 29, 2013 11:56 AM PDT
  22. Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson

    Jury Selected for Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial

    Mon., Apr. 22, 2013 6:05 PM PDT
  23. Prince Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson, Blanket Jackson. TJ Jackson

    T.J. Jackson Granted $9,000 Per Month as Co-Guardian of Michael Jackson's Kids

    Fri., Apr. 19, 2013 8:57 AM PDT
  24. Prince Jackson

    Prince Jackson Pulled Over for Pimping His Ride

    Tue., Apr. 16, 2013 2:20 PM PDT
  25. Paris Jackson

    Paris Jackson Talks Michael Jackson: "He Was an Incredible Father"

    Mon., Apr. 15, 2013 10:18 AM PDT
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.

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.