Michael joseph jackson (August 29, 1958, Gary, Indiana - June 25, 2009; Los Angeles, California) was an African American singer, musician, composer, songwriter and dancer, known to many as the "King of Pop".
Born the seventh of nine children to the Jackson family, Michael Jackson entered his musical life in the Jackson 5 band, formed by his father in 1964 when he was only six years old. Jackson later made millions with sold solo albums such as Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory (1995). His albums have sold over 140 million copies worldwide.
Michael Jackson is the best-selling musician of all time in the world. His studio albums alone sold 125 million copies. The thriller album is the best-selling album in the world with over 55 million copies. Michael Jackson is the first to be included in the list of the world's best-selling albums with five albums and number one with Thriller.
Michael Jackson has come to the fore with some health problems and scandals, especially in the last few years before his death. The father of three children was hospitalized in a coma on June 25, 2009 after an illness at his Los Angeles home but could not be saved. Although the cause of death was believed to be cardiac arrest, the autopsy performed by the Los Angeles Forensic Medicine Institute revealed that the cause of death was propofol, a very effective anesthetic used to treat insomnia. Propofol and lorazepam sedatives were recorded as the top causes of Jackson's death, and Jackson's blood was said to also contain the drugs midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine. Although the incident was suspected of murder, Jackson's personal doctor was prosecuted in February 2010 for "causing an accidental death". This case resulted in the doctor's arrest by court order.
Childhood and Adolescence - Jackson's childhood home in Gary, Indiana
He was born on August 29, 1958 in the American city of Gary. The artist was born the seventh member of a family with nine children and is called Michael Joseph Jackson's full name. The father of the singer, whose name is Joseph Jackson, was a factory worker and was passionate about music, playing the guitar in his spare time. After marrying his wife Katherine, later Katherine Scruse, and growing into a large family, he sparked his interest in his children.
In the early 60s his older brothers Jackie, Tito and Jermaine formed a group called "The Jacksons" which their father organized to sing in clubs and compete in competitions. Jackson's talent for voice and dance was quickly noticed. Despite his young age, he was inducted with his other brother Marlon in 1963, largely for his performance in solo songs. The brothers, who now consist of five members, changed the name of the group to "The Jackson 5".
The group continued their amateur work in nightclubs and bars until 1968, winning a competition at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York. The founder of Motown, the most famous R&B record label of the time, caught the attention of him. When they moved to California after their contract with Motown in 1968, the group's star quickly began to shine.
Off The Wall: 1978-1982
Until 1978 there were different experiences for Michael. Jackson starred in the musical film "The Wiz," in which he portrayed the scarecrow. During that time there were many rumors of love about Diana Ross. It was precisely at this time that Michael's paths crossed with Quincy Jones, who arranged the songs for the musical. Jones was one of the partners for the future success of the famous pop star. Because during the production of the film Jackson and Jones formed a very harmonious partnership and agreed to produce Michael's first independent solo album together. In 1979, "Off the Wall", the famous singer's first independent solo album, was released under Jones' production on Epic Records. This album, which includes many worldwide hits such as "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough", "Off The Wall" and "Rock With You", achieved incredible sales and made Jackson the idol of the pop music and entertainment world. This work led to important awards. In 1980 the album was recognized by the American Music Awards in three categories (Best Soul / R & B Album - Off the Wall, Best Soul / R & B Singer, Best Soul / R & B Song - Don't Stop ' Til You Get Enough). In February of the same year Michael received his first Grammy for "Best R&B Male Vocal" for "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough".
Was Michael Jackson in the Black Forest too?
Interestingly, in addition to professional reasons, Jackson was in Germany because of a friendship with Anton Schleiter, whom he had met during the show "Wetten, dass ...". The "King of Pop" stayed in the Hamburg district of Nienburg for several weeks, unrecognized and anonymously, and - according to friends of the Schleiter family in retrospect - spent a happy time full of harmony in "Normalistan".
The one from "The King of Pop"
On June 25, 2009, at 14.26:XNUMX p.m. local time, it was announced that Michael Jackson had died in Los Angeles following cardiac arrest. While resting with his doctor and assistants at his Los Angeles home that evening between rehearsals for his concerts in London, he took a break from the morning hours and was taken to UCLA Medical Center. Jackson, who was short of breath and passed out, fell into a coma after a while and his heart, which remained unresponsive to all interventions, could not be resuscitated. In later autopsies it was revealed that Jackson was perfectly healthy before his death and that the main cause of death was the strong anesthetic he was using.
Commemoration at the Staples Center
On July 7, 2009, a memorial service was held at the Staples Center for Jackson, at which he conducted his final rehearsal two days before his death. Celebrities like Usher, Mariah Carey, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Hudson and Brooke Shields attended this ceremony. In addition, his whole family, children and fans were there. The ceremony was the most watched funeral and television event in the world. At the end of the ceremony, the whole family took the stage. Jackson's daughter Paris also gave a short speech.