Michael Joseph Jackson
Born: August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana
Died: June 25, 2009 in Los Angeles
Cause of death: Cardiac arrest
The “King of Pop” was a mere child when he first joined his brothers in the Motown supergroup, The Jackson 5, for hits like ABC and I’ll Be There, but he became a solo superstar with 1979’s The Wall and its Grammy Award-winning single, “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough.” MJ’s 1982 album, Thriller, became the biggest-selling album of all time, thanks to classics like Billie Jean, Beat It, his duet with Paul McCartney called “The Girl Is Mine” and of course Thriller, which was supported by a legendary moon-walking video. He later became infamous as he twice faced child-molestation accusations, married and soon divorced Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, then retreated to Neverland Ranch and became a father of children Prince, Paris and “Blanket.” He was looking to put his “Wacko Jacko” persona behind him as he prepared for his “This is It” comeback tour but his life was cut short at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for administering a lethal dose of sedatives, including Propofol.
How did Michael Jackson die? His toxicology report showed that his bloodstream contained traces of Propofol, an anesthetic primarily used in surgery.
Who is Dr. Conrad Murray? After becoming addicted to pain medication following an accident while filming a Pepsi Cola commercial, Michael Jackson turned to the Los Angeles physician for treatment – and for high-powered drugs.
Was Michael Jackson’s death the subject of a cover-up? Dr. Conrad Murray’s frantic phone call to 911 to summons help for his lifeless patient, Michael Jackson, raised more questions than answers.
Michael Jackson in Social Media
It’s the most famous music video of all time: Michael Jackson’s Thriller, the only music video selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.
Billie Jean may not have been Michael Jackson’s girl, but she did help him snag the 1984 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and this video is credited with helping to break a racial barrier when it became the first by an African-American performer to achieve heavy rotation on MTV.
Conceived as a short film directed by John Singleton, Remember the Time from Michael Jackson’s 1991 album, Dangerous, was set in Egypt but featured appearances from Eddie Murphy, supermodel Iman, and basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson.