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.
Jermaine, Michael, Jackie, Tito, and Marlon show off their motorbikes at their huge Encino, California, home in 1971.
The Jackson 5 style and profile with baby bro MJ, the center of attention looking like a smooth operator.
Michael Jackson, as The Scarecrow, eased on down the road in the big-screen musical “The Wiz.”
Michael Jackson fronts his brothers, circa 1974.
Jackson (with his “Thriller” producer Quincy Jones) holds one of the eight Grammys he picked up in 1984.
Michael Jackson idolized Diana Ross as a child and the two remained close, including costarring in the film adaptation of “The Wiz.”
The King of Pop shines during a concert performance with his brothers.
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.
Michael masters the stage in London in 1993.
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.
Jackson and his kids wave to adoring fans.
Michael gets loose as he moves the crowd in heavy metal.
A shot of the Neverland Ranch, Michael’s home for many years.
In 2001, Jackson returns with a new album, highly anticipated by die-hard fans, as he toured the globe.
Michael Jackson shows 30,000 fans during the 1993 Super Bowl XXVIII halftime show why he’s bad.
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.
Joe Jackson encouraged his children to succeed in the music business, though criticized for pushing Michael too hard at a young age.
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.
Fans gather outside the Jacksons’ childhood home.
Once people in Los Angeles heard the news, they immediately found a way to commemorate their love for Michael.