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Michael Jackson’s life and career

Click to see pictures from the highs and lows of Michael Jackson's career.

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Little boy Michael

May 1971 --- Michael Jackson in a Butterfly Collar Shirt --- Image by ) Henry Diltz/CORBIS
Henry Diltz
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Signs of success

1972: (FILE PHOTO) American soul pop group the Jackson Five, five brothers from Indiana who are signed to Berry Gordy's Motown record label pose in 1972. The iconic pop star, 50, was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital June 25, 2009 after going into cardiac arrest, receiving CPR in the ambulance, according to reports. (Photo by Frank Barratt/Getty Images)
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All in the family

ca. 1970s, Los Angeles, California, USA --- The Jackson 5 performs on a Bob Hope television special. --- Image by ) Neal Preston/CORBIS
Neal Preston
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A wonderful Wiz

24 Oct 1978, New York, New York, USA --- 10/24/1978-New York, NY: Michael Jackson at the opening of the "WIZ". --- Image by ) Bettmann/CORBIS
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Wanna be startin' somethin'?

ca. 1981 --- Michael Jackson singing in concert. --- Image by ) CORBIS
Susan Phillips
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Michael Jackson and Diana Ross hold their American Music Awards in L.A. Jackson won for favorite soul album and Ross won for favorite female soul vocalist.
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Fright night

16 Jan 1994, USA --- Michael Jackson stands with a group of dancers dressed as zombies while filming his 1983 video . --- Image by ) Corbis/CORBIS SYGMA
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Moment of stardom

Michael Jackson performs the moonwalk for the first time on television on Motown 25; a tribute to Barry Gordy
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Handfuls of glory

Michael Jackson holds six of his eight awards we won back stage at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles Tuesday, Feb., 28, 1984. (AP Photo)
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Role model

14 May 1984, Washington, DC, USA --- Superstar Michael Jackson is shown holding the award as Nancy and President Ronald Reagan stand on the platform with him at a White House ceremony 5/14. President Reagan presented Jackson with a Presidential Award for lending his hit song "Beat It" to a new campaign against drunk driving. --- Image by ) Bettmann/CORBIS
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A scary day

Michael Jackson, background, is seen with his hair on fire during a taping of a Pepsi TV commercial in Los Angeles on February 1984 as brother Germaine Jackson, foreground, continues to perform apparently unaware of the situation. (AP Photo/HO)
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LONDON-1985: Michael Jackson is lead through a crowd by policeman on a promotionial tour of Great Britain in London.(Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)UK NEWSPAPERS OUT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT FROM DAVE HOGAN. PLEASE CONTACT SALES TEAM WITH ENQUIRIES
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They were the world

27 Jan 1986, Los Angeles, California, USA --- A variety of music and movie stars sing "We Are The World" a song written to benefit famine victims in Ethiopia. Across the front row stands: Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Sheila E., Diana Ross, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Kim Carnes, Michael Douglas, and Janet Jackson. --- Image by ) Bettmann/CORBIS
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Victory lap

Guitarist Eddie Van Halen, left, makes a guest appearance during Michael Jackson's Victory Tour concert in Irving, Texas, on Friday night, July 14, 1984. Van Halen, who is in town for his own concert Saturday night, joins in during Jackson's hit "Beat It." (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
Carlos Osorio / AP
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Who's bad?

1987, Tokyo, Japan --- Michael Jackson and His Dancers in Concert --- Image by ) Neal Preston/CORBIS
Neal Preston
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A difficult year

January 1993, California, USA --- Cameraman Photographing Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey --- Image by ) Neal Preston/CORBIS
Neal Preston
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Black and white at the Super Bowl

31 Jan 1993, Pasadena, California, USA --- Michael Jackson gives a performance with 30,000 children during the Super Bowl XXVIII halftime show. --- Image by ) Ralf-Finn Hestoft/CORBIS
Ralf-finn Hestoft
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Michael Jackson and French mime Marcel Marceau clowning for the cameras at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Dec. 4, 1995.
Bob Strong / AFP FILES
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Power marriage

18 Apr 1995, Santa Barbara County, California, USA --- Michael Jackson and his wife Lisa Marie Presley at Neverland Ranch in preparation of the Children's World Summit. --- Image by ) Steve Starr/CORBIS
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Golden man

Michael Jackson performs on stage during is "HIStory" world tour concert at Ericsson Stadium in November 1996 in Auckland, New Zealand.
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Marriage 2.0

WAS04:JACKSON-ROWE:LOS ANGELES,CALIFORNIA,8OCT99 - FILE PHOTO 14NOV96 - Michael Jackson and his second wife Deborah Rowe-Jackson have filed for a divorce after three years of marriage a spokesman said on October 8. Michael Jackson and his wife Deborah Rowe-Jackson pose for a wedding photo minutes after the ceremony November 14, 1996, in this photo released by Jackson's publicist. jp/Photo HO Businesswire REUTERS --- Image by ) Reuters/CORBIS
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Best of friends

Singer Michael Jackson and actress Elizabeth Taylor arrive at a concert celebrating the 30 years of Jackson's career, September 7, 2001 in New York's Madison Square Garden. Jackson will perform with a star-studded line up of music legends. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen --- Image by ) Reuters/CORBIS
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(FILES) Photo dated November 13, 2002 shows US entertainer Michael Jackson testifying in Santa Maria, Calif. Superior Court in a trial in which he is accused of cancelling concert appearances, costing the promoter several million dollars.
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Not so invincible

Entertainer Michael Jackson poses for photographers during an appearance in Times Square in New York, November 7, 2001. Jackson made his first ever in-store appearance to promote his new album, "Invincible," which was released on October 30. REUTERS/Brad Rickerby --- Image by ) Reuters/CORBIS
Brad Rickerby
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One big mistake

Entertainer and popstar Michael Jackson holds an unidentified child, covered with a towel, as he looks down to fans out of a window after he arrived at a Berlin hotel, November 19, 2002. Michael Jackson is in Berlin to be awarded with the prestigious Bambi 2002 media award for his lifetime achievment. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz
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Arresting development

Pop star Michael Jackson is pictured in this Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department booking mug in Santa Barbara, California, November 20, 2003. Jackson surrendered to authorities on Thursday and was booked on suspicion of child molestation as national television broke into regular programming to show the eccentric "King of Pop" in handcuffs. The 45-year-old singer was freed on $3 million bond after he was booked, fingerprinted and photographed at the headquarters of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department in central California, where he was taken after flying into town on a private jet from Las Vegas. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY REUTERS/Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department/Handout
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Family support

Singer Michael Jackson (C) and sisters LaToya (L) and Janet Jackson walk over to greets fans during a lunch break at a pretrial hearing in Santa Maria, California in this August 16, 2004 file photo. Pop giant Michael Jackson, who took to the stage as a child star and went on to set the world dancing to the thumping rhythms of his music for decades, died on June 25, 2009, TMZ website reported. He was 50. There was no official confirmation of the reported death and spokespersons for Jackson could not be reached for comment. REUTERS/Ed Souza/Pool/Files (UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH)
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MJ's PJs

Michael Jackson wears pajama pants and is aided by bodyguards upon arrival more than an hour late with his father Joe Jackson (R) for Michael's child molestation trial at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria March 10, 2005. Judge Rodney Melville threatened to revoke Michael Jackson's bail and arrest him for being late for court. Jackson claims to have spent the morning in a local hospital with back pain. REUTERS/Kimberly White/POOL
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Singin' with the kids

Michael Jackson at the Earls Court in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Graham Jepson/WireImage)
Graham Jepson / WireImage
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Fans in uniform

ZAMA, JAPAN - MARCH 10: U.S. In this handout provided by the US Army, Singer Michael Jackson (R) receives letter of appreciation from Col. Robert M. Waltemeyer (L), the garrison commander of Camp Zama at a U.S. Army base, Camp Zama on March 10, 2007 in Zama, Japan. Michael greeted thousands of U.S. troops and their family members at a U.S. Army base located in south of Tokyo, (Photo by U.S. Army/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Michael Jackson
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Father figure

Michael Jackson walks with kids Prince and Paris through a studio parking lot in Los Angeles. The singer had been spotted with his entourage going to a studio on a cold rainy day in LA. Walking through the lot, the kids initially didn't have their usual masks on, it was only after they realized that they could be seen from the street that the kids emerged from a building wearing masquerade type masks. Michael stayed at the studio for over two hours, and there were many production people working around him suggesting that MJ was filming. After some time Michael emerged carrying his own umbrella before getting into his limo and being driven off.

Pictured: Michael Jackson, Prince and Paris

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Concert tour planned

Fans take pictures of an electronic screen projecting a press conference by US popstar Michael Jackson at the O2 arena in London, on March 5, 2009. Pop megastar Michael Jackson announced Thursday he will play a series of comeback concerts in London in July, his first major shows for over a decade. Four years after his infamous child abuse trial, the 50-year-old eccentric singer confirmed he will play 10 gigs at the giant London O2 arena starting on July 8. AFP PHOTO/BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Reaching for redemption

In this May 6, 2009 image released courtesy of Michael Jackson, pop star Michael Jackson, center, is shown in Los Angeles during rehearsals for his upcoming concert in London. Jackson, 50, died in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 25, 2009. (AP Photo/courtesy of Michael Jackson)
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