Today marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson.
The pop icon died on July 25, 2009 at the age of 50. He died from cardiac arrest following an overdose of the surgical anesthetic drug “Propofol”.
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Jackson has continued to be an iconic figure in pop culture in the years since his passing. His collection of work is respected, and people of all ages continue to love his songs and dance style.
Michael Jackson was the eighth of the Jackson family’s 10 children, and he was born on August 29, 1958.
At the age of 11, he joined his father’s boy band, The Jackson 5, as the lead singer, and that was when he first became famous.
The Jackson 5 also included Michael’s siblings Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon. Michael was the youngest member of the group.
Despite his shyness, Jackson took the front man role in the band, as he was a natural singer and dancer.
Between 1969 and 1975, The Jackson 5 recorded 13 albums with Motown Records, including singles like “ABC” and “I Want You Back.”
Michael soon began making records independently of the band. Off the Wall, his first solo album for Epic, sold more than 20 million copies and was the best-selling record of 1979.
‘Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough’ and ‘Rock with You’ were among the album’s top hits.
Michael’s first Grammy triumph came in 1980 for the Best R&B Male Vocal Performance.
Three years later, Michael released the album Thriller, which stayed on top of the charts for 37 weeks. Seven singles featured in the top 10 list, including ‘Beat It,’ ‘Billie Jean,’”Thriller.”
Michael first introduced the moonwalk, his go-to dance move, in this record. He received eight Grammy Awards and sold nearly 40 million copies of the album Thriller.
The legendary entertainer went on to score more successes with subsequent albums.
In his later life, Michael became embroiled in disputes involving child molestation allegations, marriage, and divorce starting in 1993.
In commemoration of the 14th death anniversary of the late King of Pop, we put on exhibition some rare photos of Michael Jackson.