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What are some facts about Michael Jackson?

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Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana. His birth name was Michael Joseph Jackson and his parents were Katherine and Joseph Jackson. Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009.

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Michael Jackson was the seventh of nine children and began performing when he was just 5 years old. As part of the Jackson Five, he was signed to Motown Records in 1968 and by 1969, the group released its first single called "I Want You Back." Michael released his first solo single in 1971 and in 1975, the Jackson Five left Motown and signed with Epic Records.

Jackson found success when he played the Scarecrow in the 1978 film "The Wiz" and he recorded a duet with Diana Ross for the film that went on to become a hit. Riding on his previous successes, Jackson released his first solo album in 1979, which went on to sell more than 20 million copies.

Michael Jackson became the "King of Pop" when he released "Thriller" in 1982. The album is still the best-selling album of all time as of 2015 and produced seven Top 10 singles.

As his fame grew, Jackson's personal life became more bizarre. Accused of bleaching his skin, Jackson underwent several cosmetic surgeries, startling his fans. In 1993, accusations of sexual molestation began to surface against the singer, many of which were left unanswered at the time of his death.

Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 of acute propofol intoxication and was buried on September 3, 2009 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.

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