Remembering "King of Pop" Michael Jackson on 11th death anniversary
Jackson, a child star turned King of Pop, set the world alight with his infectious songs and music videos
The man who taught the true meaning of 'Moon Walk' to the world, has managed to win the hearts of millions of people across the globe.
Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children. Five Jackson boys – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael – first performed together at a talent show when Michael was 6. They walked off with first prize and went on to become a best-selling band, The Jackson Five, and then The Jackson 5.
Jackson made his first solo album in 1972 and released “Thriller” in 1982, which became a smash hit that yielded seven top-10 singles. The album sold 21 million copies in the United States and at least 27 million worldwide. The next year, he unveiled his signature “moonwalk” dance move while performing “Billie Jean” during an NBC special.
In 1994, Jackson married Elvis Presley’s only child, Lisa Marie, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1996. Jackson married Debbie Rowe the same year and had two children, before splitting in 1999. The couple never lived together. Jackson has three children named Prince Michael I, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 due to cardiac arrest in Los Angeles.
Michael Jackson's untimely death is still considered to be one of the biggest losses in the music community.