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Michael Joseph Jackson, Sr.

Also Known As: "Mike", "MJ"
Birthdate:
Birthplace: Saint Mary's Mercy Hospital, Gary, Lake County, Indiana, United States
Death: June 25, 2009 (50)
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, 757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States (cardiac arrest induced by acute propofol intoxication compounded by the effects of benzodiazapines or a benzodiazapine.)
Place of Burial: 1712 South Glendale Avenue, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joe Jackson and Katherine Esther Jackson
Ex-husband of Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe
Father of Prince Michael (Bigi) Jackson, II; Prince Jackson and Paris Jackson
Brother of Rebbie Jackson; Jackie Jackson; Tito Jackson; Jermaine Jackson; La Toya Jackson and 4 others
Half brother of Private User; Private and Joh'Vonnie Jackson

Occupation: Entertainer, musician, actor, singer, songwriter, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist
Managed by: Private User
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About Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. Over a four-decade career, his contributions to music, dance and fashion, along with his publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture. Jackson influenced artists across many genres, and through stage and video performances, popularized complicated dance moves such as the moonwalk, to which he gave the name, and the robot. His records and achievements include being the most awarded music artist in history.

The eighth child of the Jackson family, Jackson made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. Jackson began his solo career in 1971 while at Motown Records, and became a solo star with his 1979 album Off the Wall. His music videos, including those for "Beat It", "Billie Jean", and "Thriller" from his 1982 album Thriller, are credited with breaking racial barriers and transforming the medium into an artform and promotional tool. He helped propel the success of MTV and continued to innovate with videos for the albums Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995). Thriller became the best-selling album of all time, while Bad was the first album to produce five US Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles.

From the late 1980s, Jackson became a figure of controversy and speculation due to his changing appearance, relationships, behavior and lifestyle. In 1993, he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend. The lawsuit was settled out of civil court, and Jackson was not indicted due to lack of evidence. In 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges. In 2009, while preparing for a series of comeback concerts, This Is It, Jackson died from an overdose of propofol administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray, who was subsequently convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Jackson is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with estimated sales of over 400 million records worldwide. He had 13 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles (more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era) and was the first artist to have a top-ten single in the Billboard Hot 100 in five different decades. His honors include 15 Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and 39 Guinness World Records, including the "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time". Jackson's inductions include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (twice), the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Dance Hall of Fame (the only recording artist to be inducted), and the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame. In 2016, his estate earned $825 million, the highest yearly amount for a celebrity ever recorded by Forbes. (Wikipedia, CC BY-SA)

Sources

  • "Michael Jackson." Ethnicelebs, published 26 June 2009. < link > Accessed 28 October 2021.
  • "Michael Jackson." Wikipedia, revision of 27 October 2021. < link > Accessed 28 October 2021.
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Michael Jackson's Timeline

1958
August 29, 1958
Saint Mary's Mercy Hospital, Gary, Lake County, Indiana, United States
1962
1962
- 1968
Age 3
Garnett Elementary School, Gary, Indiana, United States
1963
September 3, 1963
- June 1969
Age 5
Garnett Elementary School, Gary, Indiana, United States
September 3, 1963
- June 1969
Age 5
Garnett Elementary School, Gary, Indiana, United States
September 1963
- March 1969
Age 5
Garnett Elementary School, Gary, Indiana, United States
1966
1966
- 1968
Age 7
Steeltown Records, Gary, Indiana, United States
1968
1968
- 1975
Age 9
Motown Records, Los Angeles, California, United States
1968
- 1969
Age 9
Gardner Street Elementary School, Hollywood, California, United States
1968
- 1969
Age 9
Dynamo Records, Gary, Indiana, United States
1969
September 2, 1969
- June 1970
Age 11
Gardner Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, California, United States