Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley on stage at the MTV VMA's.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Michael Jackson, who many have dubbed the “King of Pop,” was a singer, songwriter, and dancer. He popularized complicated dance moves like the moonwalk and had massive hits like “Beat It,” “Billie Jean,” and “Thriller.”

His career began in 1964 as a member of Motown group Jackson 5, which included his siblings Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon. He started his solo career in 1971, and by the ’80s, he was a pop icon. Jackson received 13 Grammy Awards and 38 nominations.

In the ’90s and 2000s, Jackson faced allegations of child molestation, but he was never indicted.

He died of an overdose from drugs administered by his personal physician, who later was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.


  • Full name: Michael Joseph Jackson
  • Born: August 29, 1958
  • Died: June 25, 2009 (50 years old)
  • Height: 5’9″
  • Hometown: Gary, Indiana
  • Children: Paris Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II, and Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.
  • Spouses: Debbie Rowe (married from 1996–1999) and Lisa Marie Presley (married from 1994–1996)
  • Net worth: $500 million
  • Record label: Steeltown, Motown, Epic, Legacy, Sony, and MJJ Productions
  • Genre: Rock, Pop

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