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, American singer Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication at his home on North Carolwood Drive in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California.

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