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  1. Prince Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson, Blanket Jackson. TJ Jackson

    Janet, Randy and Jermaine Jackson Barred From Mother Katherine's L.A. Home

    Mon., Jul. 30, 2012 4:32 PM PDT
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    Jackson Family Drama: Everything We Know

    Sat., Jul. 28, 2012 3:30 PM PDT
  3. Prince Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson

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    Fri., Jul. 27, 2012 1:15 PM PDT
  4. Prince Michael Jackson, Paris Jackson, Blanket Jackson. TJ Jackson

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    Thu., Jul. 26, 2012 4:36 PM PDT
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    Thu., Jul. 26, 2012 11:54 AM PDT
  6. Paris Jackson

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    Thu., Jul. 26, 2012 8:02 AM PDT
  7. Prince Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson

    Katherine Jackson: Not Kidnapped, "Devastated" to Lose Custody of Michael's Kids

    Wed., Jul. 25, 2012 8:39 PM PDT
  8. Prince Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson

    Jackson Family Shocker: Katherine Loses Custody of Michael's Kids

    Wed., Jul. 25, 2012 12:55 PM PDT
  9. Prince Michael Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson, Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    Inside the Jackson Family Feud: A Who's Who Guide

    Wed., Jul. 25, 2012 11:00 AM PDT
  10. Marlon Jackson

    Marlon Jackson Breaks Down, Walks Off While Talking About Mother's Whereabouts

    Wed., Jul. 25, 2012 7:46 AM PDT
  11. Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson

    Tito Jackson Backs Down From Family Plot Targeting Michael's Will

    Tue., Jul. 24, 2012 7:30 PM PDT
  12. Prince Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson

    Michael Jackson Family Drama: Could Katherine Jackson Lose Custody of Prince, Paris and Blanket?

    Tue., Jul. 24, 2012 1:13 PM PDT
  13. Mariah Carey

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    Tue., Jul. 24, 2012 11:56 AM PDT
  14. Prince Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson

    Jacksons' Epic Family Feud: Lawyer Claims Sibling Conspiracy Targets Michael's Kids, Mom

    Tue., Jul. 24, 2012 9:40 AM PDT
  15. Prince Michael Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson

    Fight Reported at Jackson Family House as Missing-Person Case Declared Closed

    Mon., Jul. 23, 2012 6:41 PM PDT
  16. Katherine Jackson

    Katherine Jackson's Disappearance/Reappearance: What's at Stake

    Mon., Jul. 23, 2012 4:01 PM PDT
  17. Katherine Jackson

    Katherine Jackson Reported Missing

    Sun., Jul. 22, 2012 7:05 PM PDT
  18. michael jackson

    Michael Jackson's "Fake, Flawed" Will—The Battle Rages

    Wed., Jul. 18, 2012 6:25 PM PDT
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    Fri., Jul. 06, 2012 5:00 AM PDT
  20. Michael Jackson, Thriller, Tiger

    Michael Jackson's Tiger Dies of Lung Cancer

    Wed., Jun. 27, 2012 6:00 PM PDT
  21. Dr. Conrad Murray

    Conrad Murray Maintains His Innocence in Michael Jackson's Death

    Mon., Jun. 25, 2012 9:00 AM PDT
  22. Prince Michael Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Paris Jackson, Michael Forever Tribute Concert

    Paris, LaToya and Randy Jackson Tweet in Memory of Michael Jackson on Third Anniversary of His Death

    Mon., Jun. 25, 2012 8:26 AM PDT
  23. Paris Jackson, Oprah

    Paris Jackson Talks Mask-Wearing and Getting Grounded by Michael Jackson in Oprah Sit-Down

    Thu., Jun. 07, 2012 10:24 AM PDT
  24. Leonardo DiCaprio

    Leonardo DiCaprio's Late-Night Michael Jackson Dance Moves

    Wed., Jun. 06, 2012 1:01 PM PDT
  25. Michael Jackson

    Michael Jackson's Mother Katherine Misses Him "Every Day," Believes She'll "See Him Again"

    Mon., May. 14, 2012 10:14 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.

Custody Battle for Michael Jackson's Kids

Chelsea and her panel have the latest news on who will look after the King of Pop's kids. Nobody likes a Blanket stealer.