|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 8 July 2009 by: Thérèse Major
Has he ever really left heaven?
Signed on 8 July 2009 by: Mireille Thijsse
Thanks for all the good times, happiness and love you brought to this world. I am sure you inspired more people then you can immagine. If all of them listen to what you had to say and act accordingly, the world WILL become a better place. Again, thanks for all you did and all you gave. You are an example in loving for many. You were love, kindness and friendlyness coming alive. You, your music and what you had to say grew as you grew. Never i will forget you. Your words i will try to live by. Strength and peace for your family and loved ones, especially for your precious children. I wish you the peace and love you so much deserve.
Signed on 7 July 2009 by: Karin
Michael you are the greatest and the best! For the first time today I had to beleave that you are gone, but still it is unreal, I feel so sad that you could not live the life you wanted. That you had no rest to enjoy the world like anyone else.
My heart is with you , also with your family, children, friends and with all who love you!!
Rest in peace , till we meet again xxx
with love Karin
Signed on 7 July 2009 by: Deborah Rahael
Dear Michael Jackson...
Rip!! You the best,the hole world loves you en we all gonna miss you! I LOVE YOU en nobody can take you place! Peace!
Signed on 7 July 2009 by: wendy
RIP Michael, we miss you very much also netherlands.
rest in peace
Signed on 7 July 2009 by: karin
God bless you.
Let us all heal the world and make it a beter place.
Signed on 7 July 2009 by: Marjolein
First you were commended no you are loved. I respect you and I will always love you. You were a great artist that the world never should forget. You were the king of pop and you are ment to be the king of pop forever. It's very sad that the world have lost you as the best artist ever and it is mucht to soon! You should been here and in a few days you shoud be in London, but it will never get that far. The paparrazi get what they want... the broke down another loving human...
MJ I love you forever and you will be always in my heart!
KISS to the best guy ever!
Signed on 7 July 2009 by: teresa villaroel
you'er at peace now,you'll be greatly missed.we will con't to love you even though you are gone.this day will never be forgotten.to his children and family,welove you and keep thefaith.from teresa,amandalee & andy.in trinidad.
Signed on 7 July 2009 by: teresa villaroel
gone too soon,RIP,WE LOVE YOU,GOD be with you where ever you are. To your children and family we love you all,keep the faith.
Signed on 6 July 2009 by: Sabine
I never understood why people didn't see your innocent intentions - the good intentions of a pure child - to make our world a better place. Michael, God did!! and people who have a soul on the same level. Your soul has wheeped for our world and for our denial. It's a pity you dempted this pain and loneliness with medicins.
London would have been a big succes, but it would have been too heavy for you. So the whole world would be laughing at you if you mentally en fysically would have broke down. God saw it was enough, He will heal you now.
London would have been a big succes, but it would have been too heavy for you. So the whole world would been laughing at you as you mentally en fysically would have broke down.
Signed on 6 July 2009 by: yolande
once condemned now beloved by allmost everybody i am still so sadtears are comming everytime i see or hear you i cant believe youre left us forever you're music always takena place in my life i have the same age as you and i love you re music all those years i have been to youre concerts i could never imagine we would loose in so tragic way and much to soon i hope you will rest in peace in jesus arms i will always remember you you memory lives in my heart forever i will miss you my beloved michael
Signed on 6 July 2009 by: Laura van Dijk
Words cannot describe my sadness. Tears keep on coming everytime you're on tv. Words fail to explain how I feel. I will always miss you.
I grew up with you in my life, my room was filled with posters and you were my Idol. I've fallen in love with you at a very young age, and I'll never forget you.
Tears still keep on coming, even writing this right now. I never knew you personally, but you've always taken a place in my life.
It took me some time to finally have the guts to write something down here. I wasn't ready to write something earlier, it felt like if I wouldn't write anything it didn't happened, as if you were still here. I cried for days.
I hope you find your peace. You're a great lost, for me and the whole world.
You're always in my heart and you'll never be alone,
Signed on 6 July 2009 by: Shaiesta
I am a 12 years old girl. It's a pity i know your music now and i like it a lot!I really gonna miss you and i understand why you are the king of pop. You where the best,nice, sensitive, great dancer, great entertainer, a great performer!!! RIP MJ LOVE FOREVER Shaiesta.
(from the netherlands)
Signed on 6 July 2009 by: Reina
I hope you found the peace you deserve. Lots of love.
Signed on 6 July 2009 by: claudia
rest in peace michael jackson
the world will never forget you
Signed on 6 July 2009 by: Monique
rest in peace King of pop
Signed on 6 July 2009 by: elena
Michael, behold young dear heart!
Once condemned the world now loves you. Shunned by all, you withdrew in your own eccentric world filled with inner anguish and loneliness. Are we not all struggling with our own personal demons? And is it not written %u2018he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone%u2019? But did we do that? What is wrong with the human race that we tend to focus more on the negative traits rather than on the wonderful gifts you gave us? Why do we point the accusing finger without looking first at the man in the mirror (ourselves)? Did the world help you during those devastating years? Who appointed any of us judges to pronounce you innocent or guilty? Sadly to say we all had a hand in your devastation. Have we apologized? No! The world now loves Michael Jackson.
Your death has left me with a feeling of incompleteness. We will never again hear with our ears your voice nor see with our eyes your grace and talent nor feel with our hearts the message that you so desperately tried to convey. Your passing from this realm has propelled me to re listen to the lyrics of your songs. Dear heart if we never told you enough, you were a precious gift on the verge of reclaiming your power but you left too soon. How on earth can we say goodbye? How can we hold on to you just a little while longer?
I choose not to dwell on your mistakes because we all have our faults. Rather I choose to see your spirit, which is pure knowing all too well the passions of the flesh and soul is like a thorn in our side. I keep thinking this is a dream and the world will wake up and you will still be here on the earth plane. It hurts!
For those of us who believe in an afterlife your sudden passing might keep you earthbound. Fly Michael! Fly up to the next realm and be at peace. If enough of us pray for this, perhaps the I AM will hear our small voice and grant our petition.
Signed on 5 July 2009 by: Nikka
Words fail and tears keep on coming, you're not with us anylonger, sweet and lovely Michael. I could never imagine we would loose you so soon in such a tragic way. Your life was full of ups and downs and you felt lonely often but you never let anyone or anything bring you down like a true King of Pop! You were brave and made me believe in magic because you could do magic onstage and you surrounded yourself with it in your daily life. I don't blame you, the magic world is much better than the real world and you finally entered your so desired Neverland. I hope you will find eternal peace and the most precious love surrounding you. God Bless you soul Michael. We will always remember you, your memory will live on forever in our hearts. How am I going to get over this, I miss you so very much....I love you Michael.
Signed on 5 July 2009 by: Laud.M
Words cannot describe how sad i am that youre gone..
The thing where i feel the most sad about is that you never really got a chance to prove that fucking press and media wrong. In all those years they wrote so many bullshit and lies about you, that i REALLY wanted to see there stupid and perplexed faces when they would see you this July performing on stage. It would be for you payback time! But outside that, i know that the most imported reason for you, was to give those concerts for your fans..
And for that i want to thank you! Because i know that it cost you much time and effort..
Sweet Michael.. i hope you find your deserved peace and rest, someting what you never had when you where alive.. You changed the world with your music and lovely personality!! Nobody can compare himself with you ever! I hope you find your neverland in heaven... Dear michael, i will never ever forget you, i'm proud of you and i love you!
Forever in my heart, the only true King of Pop..
With all my love. L
Signed on 4 July 2009 by: yolande
dear michael you are now 10 days death and i miss you more every day you will live for ever in my heart you are always on my mind Ithank you for the music and you were important in my life i listen to you music in good and bad times they have brought me joy i never forget youre sweet smile i love you for ever and ever why did you have to leave us so soon but i hope you reast in peace you are a angel now may god bless you and youre childeren the jackson family best friend miko and all the other friend that will miss you i will never forget you thanks for every thing that you did for the world and the childeren you are forever in my heart googbey my king of pop who will never die for so many fans R I P MJ
Signed on 4 July 2009 by: L
Gone too soon...
Signed on 4 July 2009 by: Renate Striedelmeyer
R.I.P Michael. We love you very much.
When i was a girl at age 16 till exually now, i listen to your music and danced till i fell down.
YOU ARE GREAT , YOU ARE THE BEST!!
THANX FOR ALL YOUR MUSIC ETC.
FAMILY OF MICHAEL... BE STRONG...GO ON , MICHAEL WANTED THAT.
LOTS OF LOVE FROM HOLLAND!!
Michael bedankt voor alles, je bent een kanjer !!!
Signed on 4 July 2009 by: fatimazohra
free at last free at last thanks god almighty you are free at last meachel jackson.
there are no words to express how much we miss you.rip.
Signed on 4 July 2009 by: Robert Jan Hoos
When somebody dies, he or she will meet JESUS, the Saviour of this world. Michael, my hope for you, is that you are SAVED! JOHN 3: 16 N.T. HOLY BIBLE
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Signed on 4 July 2009 by: Michelle
WE NEVER FORGET YOU MICHAEL Jackson...YOU ARE THE BEST KING OF POP R.I.P
We Miss you :(