Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, composer, dancer, and philanthropist who lived from August 29, 1958, through June 25, 2009. He is acknowledged as one of the most influential cultural leaders of the 20th century and is known as the “King of Pop.”

His contributions to dance, fashion, music, and his publicized personal life over the course of a four-decade career elevated him to a universally recognized figure in popular culture. Jackson had an impact on musicians in a variety of musical genres.

Through his stage and video performances, he popularized difficult dance moves like the robot and the moonwalk, which he also gave their names to. He holds the record for the most awards ever given to a single musician.

On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson, one of the most commercially successful entertainers in history, dies at the age of 50 at his home in Los Angeles, California, after suffering from cardiac arrest caused by a fatal combination of drugs given to him by his personal doctor.

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