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Michael Joseph Jackson 1958 – 2009

Posted by Big Boo on June 26th, 2009

Michael JacksonYou surely can’t have failed to have heard by now that pop legend Michael Jackson died of a heart attack yesterday afternoon, aged 50.  Whilst he may have courted controversy quite frequently there is no denying that he leaves a massive legacy to the music industry, and can be rightly compared to such legends as Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

Jackson was the seventh of nine children, and first shot to fame at the tender age of 11 with his brothers Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon as a member of The Jackson 5.  In 1971 he began his solo career but it was the eighties when he was at the height of his fame, with the release of albums such as Bad and Thriller, the latter of which is still the highest selling album of all time.

He was not only a great singer and songwriter but also a fantastic dancer.  His most often imitated dance step has to be the moonwalk, where he appeared to be walking forwards but moving backwards.

His eccentric behaviour earned him the nickname Wacko Jacko, and he is famous for having had a large amount of plastic surgery, most notably on his nose.  His skin colour had also lightened over the years, which many claimed was due to this surgery but was in fact due to a disease called Vitiligo.

His private life was drawn into question with the much publicised court trial for child molestation that was supposed to have occured at his home, the Neverland Ranch, which was more of an amusement park than a home with its fairground rides and roller coaster.  Jackson was acquitted of all charges.

His death comes just before he was due to perform a massive series of concerts at the O2 in London, which were set to begin in July and go on until 2010.