|29 August 1958
||25 June 2009
Michael Joseph Jackson (born August 29, 1958) is an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene at the age of 11 as a member of The Jackson 5 and began a solo career in 1971 while still a member of the group. Referred to as the "King of Pop" in subsequent years, five of his solo studio albums have become some of the world's best-selling records: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995).
In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and Thriller—credited for transforming the music video into an art form and a promotional tool—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.
Jackson has donated and raised millions of dollars for beneficial causes through his foundation, charity singles and support of 39 charities. Other aspects of his personal life, including his changing appearance and behavior, generated significant controversy, damaging his public image. Though he was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993, the criminal investigation was closed due to lack of evidence and Jackson was not charged. The singer has experienced health concerns since the early 1990s and conflicting reports regarding the state of his finances since the late 1990s. Jackson married twice and fathered three children, all of which caused further controversy. In 2005, Jackson was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges.
One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time"—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era—and the sales of over 750 million albums worldwide. Cited as one of the world's most famous men, Jackson's highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, has made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades.
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Signed on 13 July 2009 by: Dennis en Gül
You added so much to the world with your music and your personality. We always loved, and will continue to love your music. The true King of Pop! You made the earth a better place, now heaven will have an angel back. You will be missed Michael.
Our condolences go out to your family and the ones close to you.
From the Netherlands;
Dennis and Gül
Signed on 13 July 2009 by: Anne Dirk
The biggest artist ever...and so kind...'Cry'!
Signed on 12 July 2009 by: Michele
I love you and your music sooo much I still cannot believe that you are gone. This is such a total devasting loss for us and for music. There will never be another Michael Jackson because you cared so much for your fans. You loved us just as much as we loved you. I miss and love you so much Michael Jackson. I grew up loving your music, you are an angel now in heaven with God. know you are in a better place. But it hurts to know that you are no longer here with us.
Signed on 12 July 2009 by: Patricia Nickerson
I will forever love Michael Jackson, he was such a gift to us and it hurts that he is gone. He was such a talented, gifted, caring, loving, special, sensitive man. There will never be another Michael Jackson and I will miss him and adore him forever and ever.
Signed on 12 July 2009 by: someone
I just wanna say ,that he's the best entertainer forever and KING OF POP,.he likes a father for me and now he's gone and it made me sad,when his daughter Paris cried at the memorail ,
i cried too. I never met him before but i have met him in my heart and i always pray for him ,everyone wants to meet him but it's over ,i hope that they always pray for him and wherever he is ,he will always proud of us ,and who said that he do it with children,i don't believe and that's not true and it and if you wanna write something about him ,write than the good and right things.He never have peace when he was alive and now not even,i'm not so good in English but i hope that they understand this condoleance ....but rest in peace ,michaeljackson -like-a-dad for us
Signed on 11 July 2009 by: Kim
I Know you are in heaven smiling down at any of us!!
We will always remind you as
KING OF POP!!!!!!!!
Signed on 11 July 2009 by: Tracy
It makes me sad when I think about the live he had. It is really painfull to know that it was really really sad.
His music was fantastic and also his performance, but he had to pay much!!
Then to hear it is maybe a murder case.........how deep can you go.
I hope that you can rest in peace and happiness and with all the love you get from your fans.
Signed on 10 July 2009 by: mieke scholte
Hope you will have peacefully rest now. You were much to young to die for. You were a star when you were living and you will be a star for always.
Signed on 10 July 2009 by: AK
All my love & thoughts are with you, dear Michael Jackson! Also with your family, loved ones, friends and all fans! You're such an inspirational artist! The best one in the whole wide world! What an honour to have known you! An amazing singer with a voice that went straight into my heart! A very sweet & sensitive person, like an angel on earth! An extraordinary & genious dancer as well! My God, could you dance! And what a great message you tought us: Heal the world! You were the best in everything you did! Singing, dancing & entertaining! Certainly the best artist in all times! Amazing, how many talents you possessed! Lord of Pop & Dance! Also you taught us all to make a better world! You helped the young & old, all races, people with aids, cancer and children all over the world! You really touched peoples hearts!You stood out the crowd as a shining star & made a big difference! You showed us that we need to stand up to make the world a better place! The way you could light up a place, what an amazing beautiful star! I and lots of others with me, will miss you so terribly! It's a huge & big loss, but I know in my heart that you will ALWAYS LIVE ON!!! All allocations about you weren't true, I always knew! Because you've always been so sweet and kind to others, also for all children! How bad that the press and some people did this to you & gave you such a hard time and no privacy! You will live on as an angel in heaven surrounded by love. Let's always honour you, your music, and your mission/message to us: Heal the world! Rest in peace, dearest Michael!
Signed on 10 July 2009 by: remco
rest in pease michael ...
the world will miss you...
Signed on 9 July 2009 by: Sarahjane.
You will never beforgoten. I grow up listening to you and we all miss you. Their will never be any artist in this world as good as you. Lay at rest now my freind.xxxx
Signed on 9 July 2009 by: rita
dear sweet michael ... i will miss you very much.... much love for the fam jackson. how can i believe that you are not here anymore...thanx for everything in my life.. peace xxx
Signed on 9 July 2009 by: ilona kruizinga
Its so difficult to know you're gone ...you did changed my life and let me believe in myself. and i never did love somebody more then i love you. I'm crying every day..but you always will be in my heart and i will never forget you ...i was listen to your music for the first time when i was 5 years old and i'm still listen to it and i always will. thank you so much for all the beautifull moments in my life an for your great love and music ..i hope we will meet eachother once in heaven in the afterlife. I hope you will find a better place an you will get your rest. REST IN PEACE DEAR MICHAEL god bless you.
and i want to send my condolences to michael's parent's his brothers and sisters an to his children
god bless you all.
love and kisses ilona kruizinga
Signed on 9 July 2009 by: ilona kruizinga
Signed on 9 July 2009 by: stephan
michael, i loved your music!!
when i was young i always danced on your music, tried to imitate you with dance and music! you are my idol and you will forever.
I will always think on you, RIP Michael!!
rest in peace
Signed on 9 July 2009 by: olaf stamer
To the jackson family , my name is olaf im from ireland , i saw ur son perform her in 1997 , and that was the best day of my life to see my idol , he was fantastic and one of a kind and i have loved his music for a long time , i have always known in my heart michael would never hurt a child , they hounded him and i hope he will find peace now , he deserves it for what he gave the world . i will miss him so much he was special, im so proud of paris and and prince micheal and blanket for be so brave and tell the world of what a fantastic father they have and he will be with all of the days of there live s as they grow up . i want to send you all my condolences and my thoughts are with you all and the kids your friend from ireland .olaf xxx R.I.P MJ YOU ARE THE BEST , WE WILL ALL MISS U.
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: C.G.Werleman
My sincere condoleances to the family of Michael Jackson and all his friends and fans. LOVE U MICHAEL. RIP THAT GOD TAKES U IN HIS KINGDOM,
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: patricia
Michael you are for ever in my heart!! love you! my condoleances for the family and all his friends.
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: Ellen
This is it...your final tour..
You lived a 100 lives the way you have lived, and you lived them all in 50 years.Thats why you where different, becaude of those many lives, you saw the things that did matter, famous or not.
50 years of trying to make this world a better place.
You where there for sick children, for hungry people, for aniamals and for human rights.... How the hell can somebody acuse a person like you of childabuse?
Your Dougther Paris..Wow.. never been in the spotlights...but she wantend the world to know "My father, was the best father ever!! In front of the whole world...on the most sad day in her life...I wish your children all the strength and love in the world to deal with their loss.
I wish the world all the strength to deal with losing somebody who cared so much for it's well being.Also my well being..
I heard your message, michael and i got it....Thank you and rest in peace my friend !
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: monique.jm
Dear family jacksons i am monique from the netherlands and I send my condolances to the family and his kids and wish them all the strenght for now and in the future.we love you 4 ever r.i.p michael the king of pop xxx
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: Anneke
A wonderful person has died not only a great performer but also a beloved son ,father ,brother,friend ,of al nations Michael rest in peace and I know you will guide as an guardian -angel over youre beautiful children who will miss you very much
my condolences to all of his family ,and remember when you see a butterfly landing on youre shoulder there is someone thinking of you in heaven.
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: Bianca
RIP micheal, and thank you for all the good things that you did, en left behind.
You opend many eyes, and let the world see, that een better world begins by yourself.
We love you, and i hope you have found your peace that you deserve.
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: Kelly Tyree Nathaniel Martin
When you died i couldn't shed a tear. Now it's hard to accept the fact that you are gone. I sat here for three hours watching videos of you and looking at pictures, and i cried like a new born child. You were possibly the greatest thing that happened to music. I've never come to an understanding as to why people only looked at the negative in your life, but i always saw the true and innocent because the only people who really know are you and God and I'm sad that you left us but at the same time so glad that you are home with your father. They say everyone is here for a purpose and i guess you served yours and he was ready for you. You were my idol and a great icon to the music industry. I love you Michael and you will always be missed and remembered. R.I.P sir I'll be there some day.
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: Dave van A.
I will miss you... AN angel has left us...
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: rikkert & geertje
We want to THANK YOU for your amazing music and inspiration. Incredible how you can make us smile and makes us want to dance each time we play your music, as it does right now and forever!
May you rest in peace.