Michael was one of the most famous singers, songwriter, arranger and dancer, first with "The Jackson Five" in the mid-1960, and later during his solo career which began in 1971.
Jackson's 1982 album Thriller is the best-selling album of all time. Off the Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991) and HIStory (1995), also rank among the world's best-selling albums.
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He also had 13 number-one singles in the U.S. and sold an estimated 800 million records worldwide.
He was also a humanitarian and philanthropist, donating and raising hundreds of millions of dollars for beneficial causes and supporting more than 39 charities.