Little boy Michael

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

Signs of success

‘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

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

A wonderful Wiz

‘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

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

Role model

‘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?

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

A difficult year

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

Clowning around

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

Power marriage

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

Marriage 2.0

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

Sharing his testimony

‘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

‘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

‘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

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

Concert tour planned

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