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Michael Jackson (August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. He was born in Gary, Indiana, the eighth child in a family of ten children. He was raised a Jehovah's Witness. His fans frequently refer to him as the King of Pop, while the tabloid newspapers called him Wacko Jacko. He first got worldwide recognition in 1965, when he joined his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon in their band, which was then named the Jackson 5. They signed with Motown Records in 1969 and set records with their first four singles, "I Want You Back," "ABC," The Love You Save," and "I'll Be There." Michael quickly became a teen idol and struck out on his own solo career in 1971. He said repeatedly that he did not have much of a childhood, and he had a strained, to say the least, relationship with his father, Joe, and he ended up leading an eccentric lifestyle. Allegations and rumors about Michael abusing children hounded him most of his adult life, though they were never proven. Michael died on June 25, 2009 in a rented mansion in Los Angeles. His personal physician called in the 911 call, and he was pronounced two hours later, and the cause of death was found to be acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication and cardiac arrest. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

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