Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer.
Dubbed the “King of Pop”, he was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, and was the best-selling music artist during the year of his death.
Jackson’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion along with his publicized personal life made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades
Michael Jackson was a multi-talented musical entertainer who enjoyed a chart-topping career both with the Jackson 5 and as a solo artist. He released the best-selling album in history, ‘Thriller,’ in 1982.
In August 1994, Jackson announced that he had married Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of rock icon Elvis Presley.
The couple gave a joint television interview with Diane Sawyer, but the union proved to be short-lived. They divorced in 1996.
Some thought that the marriage was a publicity ploy to restore Jackson’s image after the molestation allegations. Later that same year, Jackson wed nurse Debbie Rowe.
The couple divorced in 1999.
Michael Jackson and wife Debbie Rowe had two children through artificial insemination: Son Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson Jr., born in 1997,
and daughter Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, born in 1998. When Rowe and Jackson divorced, Michael received full custody of their two children.
Jackson would go on to have a third child, Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II, with an unknown surrogate.
After Jackson’s death in June 2009, his children were placed in the care of their grandmother,
Katherine Jackson, as dictated in his will.
In respect to their father’s wishes, Prince, Paris and Blanket were largely kept out of the limelight.
They stepped up to the mic in 2009 to speak to fans at their father’s funeral, and again in January 2010 to accept a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for their father at the Grammys.
In July 2012, a judge temporarily suspended Katherine Jackson’s guardianship of Prince, Paris and Blanket after she was erroneously reported missing by a relative.
During this time, T.J. Jackson, son of Tito, received temporary custody of the children.
Katherine’s “disappearance” came shortly after a dispute between her and several members of the Jackson clan, who raised questions about the validity of Michael Jackson’s will, pointed fingers at the Jackson matriarch and called for the executors of his estate to resign.
It was soon discovered that the elderly woman wasn’t missing, but had simply taken a trip to Arizona.
On August 2, 2012, a judge restored Katherine Jackson as the primary guardian of Prince, Paris and Blanket, also approving a plan granting T.J. Jackson co-guardianship of the children
Michael Jackson was badly injured while filming a commercial for PepsiCo in 1984, suffering burns to his face and scalp.
At the top of his game creatively and commercially, Michael Jackson had signed a $5 million endorsement deal with the soda giant the previous year.
Jackson had surgery to repair his injuries and is believed to have begun experimenting with plastic surgery around this time.
His face, especially his nose, would become dramatically altered in the coming years.
On June 25, 2009, Jackson stopped breathing while attempting to sleep under the care ofConrad Murray, his personal physician.
Murray had reportedly given Jackson an array of medications in an attempt to help him sleep at his rented mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating Jackson were unsuccessful.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics received a 911 call at 12:22 pm (PDT, 19:22 UTC), arriving three minutes later.
Jackson was reportedly not breathing and CPR was performed.
Resuscitation efforts continued en route to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and for more than an hour after arriving there at 1:13 pm (20:13 UTC).
He was pronounced dead at 2:26 pm Pacific time (21:26 UTC).
Jackson’s death triggered a global outpouring of grief.
The news spread quickly online, causing websites to slow down and crashfrom user overload,
and putting unprecedented strain on services and websites including Google,
AOL Instant Messenger, Twitter, and Wikipedia.Overall, web traffic ranged from 11% to at least 20% higher than normal.
MTVand BET aired marathons of Jackson’s music videos.
Jackson specials aired on television stations around the world.
MTV briefly returned to its original music video format, airing hours of Jackson’s music videos, accompanied by live news specials featurin