MICHAEL Jackson’s death at the age of 50 prompted an outpouring of grief across the world and sparked a court battle that led to his personal doctor being jailed.
The singer emerged as a child star with the Jackson Five and transformed into a global pop sensation, but his life was plagued with controversy.
Getty Images Michael Jackson died at the age of 50 ahead of a high-profile comeback
When did Michael Jackson die?
In his testimony, Jackson’s personal physician Conrad Murray said he found the singer in bed and not breathing on the afternoon of June 25, 2009.
The pop legend had been rehearsing past midnight on the night of June 24, ahead of a series of comeback concerts at the London O2 Arena, and had not left his bedroom in the morning.
After trying to revive Jackson for five to ten minutes without effect, Murray called paramedics who performed CPR on the singer for 42 minutes at his house in the Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, before he was taken to the hospital.
The ambulance arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre at 1.14pm, and Jackson was pronounced dead after over an hour of attempted resuscitation at 2.26pm.
Getty Images After several attempts to resuscitate him, Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009
What was Michael Jackson’s cause of death?
Michael Jackson died of an overdose of the drugs propofol and benzodiazepine after suffering a cardiac arrest.
An autopsy also found the drugs midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine and ephedrine in his body.
In the trial of Murray, the defence claimed that the singer had overdosed on the drugs himself after the physician left him in his bedroom on the day of his death.
However, the prosecution claimed Murray was incompetent and had used the anaesthetic propofol without the correct safeguards, and a jury found him guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011.
Jackson’s personal physician was sentenced to four years in prison, but was released in October 2013 after serving less than half of his jail term.
The singer had a long history of health problems and had sparked concerns a month before his death after postponing several of his high-profile comeback concerts.
Getty Images Paris claimed her father was killed in what she says was a ‘set up’
Did Michael Jackson predict his own death?
Michael sent a series of letter voicing his fears that he would be “murdered” just weeks before he died from a drug overdose.
The singer sent 13 letters in total declaring: “They are trying to murder me” and “I am scared about my life”.
Jackson’s daughter Paris and sister La Toya have always argued the King of Pop was unlawfully killed following his death in 2009.
In her first ever interview with Rolling Stone, the pop icon’s 20-year-old daughter Paris has reopened the controversy around her father’s death with a series of explosive claims – namely that her father was killed in what she says was a “set up”.
“He would drop hints about people being out to get him and at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day,’” Paris revealed.
Some people also believe that he could still be alive and that his “fake death” was predicted by the Simpsons.
Michael guest starred in an episode in 1991 in which a newspaper had the headline “Michael Jackson Hoax.”
Who did Michael Jackson marry?
Michael Jackson had two high profile short-lived marriages.
The King of Pop married Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie in 1994 who he had first met in the 1970s.
They would later split in early 1996 with Lisa Marie citing “irreconcilable differences” as grounds for divorce.
Presley told Oprah Winfrey in 2010 after their separation that they repeatedly tried to reconcile.
Michael reportedly relied heavily on Lisa Marie for support when he first became embroiled in allegations of child abuse.
In 1996, Jackson married nurse Debbie Rowe who worked with his dermatologist who was treating him for vitiligo.
She offered to have his children, and after becoming pregnant in 1996 wed the singer in Sydney, Australia – they divorced three years later.
Michael Jackson’s three children (left to right Prince Michael, Blanket and Paris)