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Michael Jackson: Today world remembers pop star on his 13th death anniversary

Michael Jackson: Today world remembers pop star on his 13th death anniversary

Pop king Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50, leaving a large number of fans shocked and devastated. Although his quirky lifestyle and court cases eclipsed his talent towards the end of his life, Michael Jackson was unquestionably the biggest star in the world at the height of his career.

Born on 29 August 1958, Michael Jackson was the eighth of ten children in the family. He rose to fame at the age of 11 when he became the lead singer of the boy band of child stars, The Jackson 5, which was started by his father Joseph. Michael Jackson was the youngest member of the 5, with his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon.

Michael Jackson

Despite his shyness, Jackson played front man in the band as he was a natural singer and dancer.
Motown founder Berry Gordy, who signed the Jackson 5 in 1969, as a boy Michael “always wanted to be the best, and he was willing to work as hard as he could.”

 

Michael Jackson lost his childhood

However, Michael lost his childhood to fame and success and as an adult, he tried to rebuild his lost childhood with his fortune which was once estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

He turned his 2,700-acre California ranch, Neverland, into a Peter-Pan-inspired fantasy land with an amusement park, exotic animals, and a Disney-themed train station.

Michael Jackson

The ranch was later featured in the 2019 documentary “Leaving Neverland”, which made multiple allegations of child sexual abuse against Michael.

His father was also a strict disciplinarian, often thrashing Michael for his mistakes. Michael once said that he was so afraid of his father that “he would visit me several times and I used to get sick”. It is believed that Joe also taunted Michael about his teenage skin problems, which later manifested as his cosmetic surgery fixation.

Michael Jackson’s albums

Between 1969 and 1975, the Jackson 5 released 13 albums with Motown Records, including hits like “ABC” and “I Want You Back.”

Michael Jackson

Soon, Michael began recording outside the band. His most memorable independent exertion for Epic, ‘Off the Wall’ (1979), turned into the smash hit collection of the year, selling over 20 million copies. The album contained hit singles such as ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ and ‘Rock With You’. In 1980, Michael won his first Grammy Award for Best R&B Male Vocal Performance. Three years later, Michael released the album Thriller, which topped the charts for 37 weeks. The top 10 list featured seven singles, including “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller.” It was on this album that Michael unveiled his signature dance move, Moonwalk.

The thriller won eight Grammys and sold over 40 million copies.

In 1985, Michael collaborated with Lionel Richie to write the song ‘We Are the World’. The single, which featured top artists of the time including Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Cindy Lauper, sold seven million copies. The proceeds from the sale were used for hunger relief in Africa.

Death reason of Michael Jackson

His death, which came on 25 June 2009, shook the whole world. He died of cardiac arrest. He was given propofol, lorazepam and midazolam, and it was also said that Jackson died of a propofol overdose, which was administered to him by his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.

After his death, music channels repeated his songs continuously for two days.

Michael Jackson

However, this was no surprise at the time, as Michael and Debbie had a very long and complicated history. Michael met Debbie while she was working for the star’s dermatologist at the time. He often had lonely moments, and during the breakup of his first marriage to Lisa Marie in 1996, Debbie was likely to cry in difficult times.

A big part of the explosion of Michael’s marriage to Lisa Marie was about the kids. She didn’t want any more. But it was a deal-breaker for Michael. They wanted children as soon as possible.

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