FACTFILE... on the King of Pop
MICHAEL Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, one of 10 children.
He and four of his brothers found fame in the 1970s as The Jackson Five, with hits such as ABC and I Want You Back.
He made his solo break with 1979 album Off The Wall and in 1982, released the biggest-selling album of all time, Thriller, which sold 110 million copies worldwide.
Michael Jackson popularised dance moves such as the robot and the moonwalk.
In March 2006, his playground-style mansion the Neverland Ranch was closed because of Jackson’s financial problems.
His health deteriorated and he had issues with prescription drugs.
On June 25, 2009 while rehearsing for what was set to be the greatest comeback in the history of pop music, he died of a cardiac arrest.