Michael Jackson was one of the great music heroes of the late 20th century. A superstar who spanned pop, disco and MTV. At the age of 11, M.J became a singing star. He had four consecutive #1 hits with his youthful band of brothers, The Jackson Five. He went solo in 1972 with the album Got to Be There and embraced the glitter of disco with Off the Wall (1979). After his smash 1982 album Thriller yielded seven top-ten hits (including "Billie Jean" and "Beat It"), M.J was dubbed "The King of Pop." Michael Jackson was an early star of MTV and an international hitmaker. His distinctive wardrobe featured glittery suits and pseudo-military uniforms matched with the single white glove was became his signature. M.J was also made a signature dance move, the sliding reverse stroll known as the "moonwalk."
Michael Jackson's next album, Bad, topped the charts in 1987. Then his eccentric lifestyle began to overwhelm his recording career, and Michael became a favorite of the gossip sheets. In 1994 he married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis (a.k.a. "The King"), but they divorced in 1996. Also common news 'bout M.J's are his long series of cosmetic surgeries, rumors of exotic pets and superstar peccadilloes at Neverland (M.J ranch estate), followed by another brief marriage to Deborah Rowe (1996-99) and multiple accusations of inappropriate conduct with children.
In 2005 he was tried on charges of child molestation and conspiracy related to his relationship with a 13-year-old boy. M.J was acquitted on all charges after a trial that year. He became increasingly reclusive, appearing in public only behind sunglasses, tinted car windows and silk face masks. Reports of lavish spending and unpaid bills became standard fare.
Michael Jackson popped back up in London in 2009 to announce a new series of 50 performances in the city's O2 Arena but unfortunately, the concerts will not take place. There is a bitter-sweet part that I've realized when somebody famous died. Just like M.J, who have reached the pinnacle of success of in the music business, it always see an outpouring of sympathy when he died because of the sheer number of fans he leave behind. But there is more to it. It also reminds us all that life is short and all the money and fame in the world won't stop death. In the most tragic cases it also proves that money and fame cannot buy happiness. Again, my dearest sympathy to the Jackson family and to my fellow fanatics out there.