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Michael Jackson
(1958 - 2009)

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Name: Mr Michael Jackson
Gender: Male
Age: 50 years old
Lived: Friday, 29 August 1958 - Thursday, 25 June 2009

My Story

MICHAEL Jackson was a child prodigy, a musical genius and died as one of the most idolised artists on earth. The 50-year-old was worshipped by fans for revolutionising music, dance and music videos at the peak of his success. 

Born on August 29, 1958, Jackson made his showbusiness debut with four of his older brothers in the Jackson Five pop group, and went on to lead the stage clan with a piping soprano and dazzling dance moves. 

By 1969, the group had signed a contract with Motown Records, becoming one of the last great acts to emerge from the legendary label. 

The Jacksons produced seven platinum singles for Motown, selling over a million, and three multi-platinum albums, selling more than two million. They moved to CBS's Epic Records in 1976.
Despite the early success, Jackson was to recall those years as unhappy and lonely ones. Eventually the family act broke up, as Jackson went solo. 

In 1979, Quincy Jones produced Jackson's first solo album for Epic, “Off the Wall”, a huge disco-oriented success that sold 10 million copies. 

They teamed up again in 1982 for what would be Jackson's breakthrough album as a composer and co-producer, ”Thriller”, which became the top-selling album of all time, with sales exceeding 41 million. 

”Thriller” was followed by ”Bad” in 1987 (20 million sold) and “Dangerous” in 1991 (21 million sold) with videos whose auto-erotic dance contrasted with Jackson's sweet, childlike personality offstage. 

A pop culture icon with enormous wealth, Jackson in 1991 signed a deal with Sony Music described as the most lucrative contract ever for a recording artist. 

 As Jackson's life was complicated by his meteoric rise to fame, he also started undergoing a dramatic physical transformation. 

Over the years, his skin has become much lighter and he appears to have had extensive plastic surgery on his face. Vanity Fair magazine reported in 2003 that the tip of his nose is actually a prosthesis. 

In 1994, he stunned the public by marrying Lisa Marie Presley, the 26-year-old daughter of Elvis Presley. 

The marriage lasted less than two years and was a hot topic for the tabloids. However, the renewed interest in Jackson's love life did not spark interest in his music. 

In June 1995, he released the double album “HIStory, Past, Present and Future – Book I” to negative reviews and weak sales – despite Sony Music's 40-million-dollar investment. AndJackson's next album, ”Invincible”, flopped. 

Jackson then married Debbie Rowe, a 37-year-old nurse he met while undergoing plastic surgery in 1997. They had two children, Prince Michael and Paris Michael Katherine, before divorcing in 1999. 

Prior to his death, Jackson had been scheduled to perform 50 sold-out concerts to over one million people, at London's O2 arena, from July 13, 2009 to March 6, 2010.

A public memorial service was held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles on July 7, 2009. The service ended with speeches by members of his family, including his brothers, Jermaine and Marlon, and his daughter Paris.

Initially, Michael Jackson's casket, dubbed "The Promethean" was not expected to appear at the memorial service, however, due to a change in the family's plans the casket was taken to the memorial service.

Viewing parties were held all over the world for the broadcast, including at several movie theaters, in Times Square, the Apollo Theater, Raleigh, Federation Square in Melbourne, and Berlin.



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what an awesome performer - he was a pure genius at both song and dance
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The worlds best performer!


Fathers Name: Joseph Walter "Joe" Jackson
Mothers Name: Katherine Esther Scruse
Children's Names: Prince Michael I, Paris, Prince Michael II
Siblings Names: Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Randy and Janet
Country of Birth: USA
Country of Residence: USA
City of Residence: Los Angeles
Occupation: Entertainment


Favourite Music Genre: Pop


Place of Passing: Los Angeles
Date of Passing: 25 June 2009
Cause of Passing: Heart attack
Type of Funeral: Burial
Place of Burial: Forest Lawn Cemetery
Funeral Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles
Funeral Date: 7 July 2009

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