September 3rd, 2009
04:50 PM ET

Michael Jackson: LIFE photos

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He was lauded and ridiculed. He broke down barriers and built them around himself. He soared to heights unimaginable with his music, and he made the ignominious front page of gutter tabloids worldwide. For Michael Jackson, the spotlight was always present, and the rest of the world followed.

Go here to see a gallery of LIFE photos of Michael Jackson.

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soundoff (8 Responses)

    Thank you Anderson, for this transmision serious of the service of The King of Pop. I hope that him rest in peace, that the means of comunications respect to childrens, measure yours comentaries. god to bless King of the Pop. You lived in my heart for ever my love.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:39 am |

    Anderson eres muy atractivos. Besos Andy!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:23 am |

    Anderson eres super atractivo. Kisses for you!!!!

    September 4, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  4. amanda

    very sad he is gone, life is amazing, it seems he was here today and gone tomorrow, you just never know. may he rest in peace, we miss you !!!

    September 4, 2009 at 12:45 am |
  5. evelyn jose

    today i remember a legend ,icon and father, son , uncle and cousin he is a nephew, a man, a mentor, advisor, music talent he was a man that cared about the world and everyone in it i sit here and await the boardcast of his final lay in rest he departed this earth by the hands of another and didnt know he would not awake, he slept through it all he finally getting his rest he did leave to soon he left us wanting more of michael jackson he left our hearts aching he left us with memories he left us so so soon tonight i will play my records all his music i will go outside and light a candle and say a pray even tho i dont want to let him go i will ask god to take him by the hand and walk him though the pearly gates the streets are paved of gold your wings have a strips of silver michael you was an angel on earth and now it is time for you to depart and i dont want to let you go but i have to understand you a free of all the pain people caused you here on this earth watch over all of us specially your children mother dad and sisters and brothers and when you are there in heaven and you and god have finish talking please tell my mom dad and sisters i love them you see they left me years ago i know you see my tears that flow down my face now it is truly because i dont know how to let go i felt in my soul when they announced your death that your life was taken by another and i am so sorry i am so emty i am so hurt and i like others will ask for justice we will use all resources on the web to spread the word for an arrest for justice michael i have always respected you cared about you and loved you i will always remember you sneaking around driving late at night and running into you i will remember how hard it was to keep me from screaming and pulling my hair out but when you said hello i melted when i ask for a hug i had butterflies my memories yes years ago you made a sad young lady very happy you dont know how you changed my life with that short conversation you told me something that night and it made me turn my life around i will always admire you for that. save me a place may god bless your soul and you rest in peace the king of pop forever....

    September 3, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  6. Shelley

    Met the shy little boy just before the Jackson 5 went national. Say what you will he was a huge talent with a troubled soul. All the adulation in the world and he was socially so awkward. Get him on stage and he lit the world up. He will always be the shy little kid I met in Farmington Hls.,Mi. when only four years in age separated us. He is free now from his physical and emotional pain, but his family and fans are still asking WHY?

    September 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  7. gmarandola

    it's not my competence to give out a moral judjment of his life but i think exception made for his extragavances he made a lot of people rich and famous, same people that when he was in trouble turned out their suoulders, i think that an overexposure to the media didn't help him in a disperate search for someting that was near to a normal life, i critizied lots of his strange ways of life but i didn't know what it means to be in pubblic for nearly 24/24 hours a day. I hope that somewhere rest in peace.

    September 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  8. Lisa Chicago Ill

    still can't believe he is gone he looked fine in this picture doesn't seem real but we know it is. RIP Michael Jackson god bless him

    September 3, 2009 at 5:54 pm |