Remembering The Legend, Michael Jackson
He was King of millions ; he was the soul of music, he was a legend, yes he was Michael Joseph Jackson. The most successful entertainer of all time left for the heavenly abode on June 25, 2009.
On June 25, 2009 Jackson was found unconscious in bed at his rented mansion at 100 North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills district of Los Angeles. Attempts at resuscitating him by Conrad Murray, his personal physician, were unsuccessful. Later, he was declared dead.
Jackson's death generated a global outpouring of grief. Jackson was the topic of every daily tabloid. The whole world was mourning the sudden & tragic demise of King Of Pop.
In early 1980s, Jackson became the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The music videos for his songs, such as ‘Beat It’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Thriller’ brought the star much deserved fame. He became the worldwide music icon in 1990’s with his videos, ‘Black or White’ and ‘ScreamHis’.
Apart from his music, Jackson is also remembered for his signature dance moves, such as ‘the robot’ and ‘the moonwalk’. No musical artist can match the charisma of the star.
He was inducted onto the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984. Throughout his career he received numerous honours and awards, including the World Music Awards Best-Selling Pop Male Artist of the Millennium, the American Music Award's Artist of the Century Award and the Bambi Pop Artist of the Millennium Award.
Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, the eighth of ten children to an African American working-class family, in Gary, Indiana, an industrial suburb of Chicago. His mother, Katherine Esther Scruse, was a devout Jehovah's Witness, and his father, Joseph Walter ‘Joe’ Jackson, a steel mill worker who performed with an R&B band called ‘The Falcons’.