Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actor who is often referred to as the "King of Pop." He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century.

Early Life

Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. He was the eighth of ten children in his family. His father Joseph Jackson was a former boxer and steelworker while his mother Katherine Jackson was a devout Jehovah's Witness.

Musical Career

Jackson began his musical career at a young age by singing with his brothers in The Jackson 5. They released their first single "Big Boy" in 1968 and went on to achieve great success. In 1971, Michael embarked on a solo career and released his first album "Got to Be There."

Over the years, he released many other successful albums including "Thriller," which remains the best-selling album of all time. Some of his most popular songs include "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and "Man in the Mirror."

Controversies

Despite his immense talent and success, Michael Jackson faced several controversies throughout his life. In the 1990s he was accused of child molestation but was acquitted after a trial. He later faced similar accusations which were detailed in a documentary called Leaving Neverland.

Personal Life

Michael Jackson had three children: Prince Michael Jr., Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, and Prince Michael II (also known as Blanket). His personal life also included many relationships with women including Brooke Shields and Lisa Marie Presley.

Death

Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009 due to cardiac arrest caused by acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.

Legacy

Michael Jackson's legacy continues to live on through his music which has inspired generations of musicians around the world. He remains one of the most popular and influential artists of all time and his impact on the music industry can still be felt today.