Photos: The King of Pop

Photos: The King of Pop

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TO GO WITH AFP STORY by Michael Thurston, Entertainment-US-music-Jackson (FILES) US popstar Michael Jackson addresses a press conference at the O2 arena in London, on March 5, 2009. Two years after Michael Jackson's death on June 25, 2009, the mystery over exactly how he died continues to fuel legal wrangling, and family strains over the legacy of the self-styled King of Pop. AFP PHOTO/Carl de Souza/FILES (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Five years ago today, the world seemed to stop for a moment.

Legendary entertainer and King of Pop Michael Jackson died, on Thursday, June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. He left behind an unparalleled career and a monumental impact on the global entertainment industry.  His death was ruled a homicide, and Dr. Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter by administering a lethal amount of propofol and benzodiazepine to Jackson, who later suffered a fatal cardiac arrest. Murray served 2 years in prison and was released on October 2013 for good behavior.

Throughout his nearly four-decade career, Jackson had a global impact on music, philanthropy, dance, songwriting and pop culture. He was, and remains today, an iconic figure, and his highly publicized, oft-controversial personal life made Jackson one of pop culture's most polarizing figures.

Jackson was inducted on the Hollywood Hall of Fametwice; as a member of The Jacksons in 1980 and as a solo artist in 1984. Having started in show-business as a member of the Jackson 5 along with his four other brothers, Jackson eventually became a solo artist. He would go on to make the best-selling album of all time, Thriller, and would win 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards, have 13 singles number 1 singles in the U.S. and sell an estimated 400 million albums. 

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