Remember the Time: Michael's Life in Photos

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ESSENCE.COM Jun, 25, 2009

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The music world lost a legend on Thursday, June 25, when Michael Jackson passed after suffering a cardiac arrest at the age of 50. Click through photos of his life.

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Jermaine, Michael, Jackie, Tito, and Marlon show off their motorbikes at their huge Encino, California, home in 1971.

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The Jackson 5 style and profile with baby bro MJ, the center of attention looking like a smooth operator.

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Michael Jackson, as The Scarecrow, eased on down the road in the big-screen musical “The Wiz.”

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Michael Jackson fronts his brothers, circa 1974.

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Jackson (with his “Thriller” producer Quincy Jones) holds one of the eight Grammys he picked up in 1984.

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Michael Jackson idolized Diana Ross as a child and the two remained close, including costarring in the film adaptation of “The Wiz.”

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The King of Pop shines during a concert performance with his brothers.

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Jackson rocks the Super Bowl halftime show in 1993. Following his performance, viewed by a record audience, his “Dangerous” album shoots up the albums chart.

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Michael masters the stage in London in 1993.

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Janet, seen here with Michael at the 1993 Grammys, not only recorded with him (single “Scream,” with its amazing $7 million video), but she appropriated, always with loving acknowledgment, her big brother’s dance moves and often his vocalizations.

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Jackson and his kids wave to adoring fans.

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Michael gets loose as he moves the crowd in heavy metal.

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A shot of the Neverland Ranch, Michael’s home for many years.

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In 2001, Jackson returns with a new album, highly anticipated by die-hard fans, as he toured the globe.

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Michael Jackson shows 30,000 fans during the 1993 Super Bowl XXVIII halftime show why he’s bad.

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The Jackson clan has remained tight under the glare of the spotlight, and sisters Janet and Latoya were right by Michael’s side during his legal troubles.

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Joe Jackson encouraged his children to succeed in the music business, though criticized for pushing Michael too hard at a young age.

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Fans from Gary, Indiana, like 12-year-old Sierra Jeffries, who is comforted by her mom, will always remember the man who put their town on the map.

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Fans gather outside the Jacksons’ childhood home.

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Once people in Los Angeles heard the news, they immediately found a way to commemorate their love for Michael.

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