Little boy Michael

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‘Michael Jackson was just 12 when this picture was taken in May 1971

Signs of success

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‘Michael Jackson, far left, and the rest of the Jackson Five in 1972. The five brothers from Indiana were signed to Berry Gordy

All in the family

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‘The Jackson 5 perform in Los Angeles on a 1970s Bob Hope TV special. Michael continued to front the band

A wonderful Wiz

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‘Michael Jackson at the opening of The Wiz. The 1978 movie musical was the first time the pop star worked with legendary producer Quincy Jones,

Moment of stardom

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‘Michael Jackson performs the moonwalk during Billie Jean for the first time on television

Role model

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‘During a May 1984 ceremony at the White House, Michael Jackson accepts a Presidential Award from President Reagan as first lady Nancy Reagan looks on.

Who’s bad?

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‘Michael Jackson and his dancers in concert during a 1987 Tokyo concert on Jackson

A difficult year

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‘A cameraman photographs Michael Jackson and Oprah Winfrey in January 1993. This was the year Jackson was first accused of child molestation,

Clowning around

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‘Michael Jackson and French mime Marcel Marceau clowning for the cameras at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Dec. 4, 1995.

Power marriage

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‘Michael Jackson and then wife Lisa Marie Presley are seen at Neverland Ranch in preparation of the Children

Marriage 2.0

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‘Just months after his divorce from Lisa Marie, Michael Jackson walked down the aisle with Debbie Rowe.

Sharing his testimony

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‘Michael Jackson testifies on Nov. 13, 2002 in Santa Maria, Calif. Superior Court in a trial in which he is accused of cancelling concert appearances

Arresting development

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‘Michael Jackson is pictured in this Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Department mug shot from Nov. 20, 2003. In a February 2003 documentary, Jackson acknowledged letting boys sleep in his bed.

Singin’ with the kids

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‘Michael Jackson sings with some of his young fans at the World Music Awards at Earls Court in London on Nov. 16, 2006

Father figure

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‘Michael Jackson walks with kids Prince and Paris through a studio parking lot in Los Angeles in March 2009.

Concert tour planned

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‘Fans take pictures of an electronic screen projecting a press conference by Michael Jackson at the O2 arena in London on March 5, 2009.
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