legend Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50, after suffering a
cardiac arrest at his home in Beverly Hills. We take a look back at
some of the most memorable moments in Michael Jackson's life.
By Ian Youngs
Music reporter, BBC News
Michael Jackson won a record eight Grammy Awards in 1984 Grammys
When Michael Jackson made his last public appearance, announcing
his planned comeback gigs at the O2 Arena in London in March, the fans
who there were adamant - he was still the King of Pop.
why they loved him, the same answer came back. He was the complete
entertainer - an exceptional songwriter, a dazzling dancer and
performer, a perfectionist and a passionate singer.
But it was
more than that. His fans cared deeply about him, and believed that he
felt the same way about them. To the brilliant music was added an
emotional bond that inspired greater devotion that any other artist has
It is no exaggeration to say he was the biggest pop star of his generation.
music-lovers will recognise his musical gift, everyone has a favourite
Michael Jackson song, millions upon millions have his LPs or CDs on
For 20 years, from his start as the precocious
child in the Jackson 5 to the world's biggest-selling album Thriller in
1982 throughout his continued hits in the 1980s, he was at the pinnacle
of the musical world.
The personal problems and eccentric behaviour may have clouded the myth.
Michael Jackson will be remembered as the slim, smiling figure, in
jewelled glove and sparkling jacket, who could barely hold a record
eight Grammy Awards in his arms in 1984.
He will be remembered
as the man who millions of fans flocked to get a glimpse of in every
corner of the globe as he toured the world between 1987 and '89.
will be remembered as the exciting figure who defined pop music with a
slick, mesmerising mixture of soul, disco and polished rock.
And he has been an absolutely huge inspiration for the artists that followed.
stars like Justin Timberlake, Nelly, Ne-Yo and Usher are direct
descendents, but his influence spreads far wider - from boy bands to
rappers to rock bands - who have taken on elements of songwriting,
singing style and smooth performance and production.
was said to have been working on a new album with the likes of current
R&B and soul singers like John Legend, Akon and will.i.am - all of
whom revered him as a legend.
He had not released music for
eight years, but the clamour to see him at the O2 Arena proved that
massive numbers of people were desperate to see him perform his hits
Many fans at that launch had been following him for
decades, but some were barely born when he had his last significant
His music continued to inspire devotion among new generations, and he will be hugely missed by music fans around the world.