Remembering Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

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Fans around the world are remembering the late, great Michael Jackson (1958-2009) on June 25, the anniversary of his untimely passing.

A man whose personal eccentricities matched his incredible talent in terms of sheer amazement, he remains controversial to this day.

Gone but not forgotten, his unique legacy lives on through his music and his children, though not without sizable bumps in the road.

Here's a short photo tribute to a true entertainer, and an individual, who was as close to peerless as a human being ever has been.

1. The Moonwalk

The Moonwalk
Michael Jackson pioneered so many dance moves, he pretty much is in his own category. No one ever moved like this guy.

2. Off the Wall

Off the Wall
Michael Jackson's album cover for Off the Wall. What a superstar he went on to be.

3. The Jacksons

The Jacksons
Michael Jackson and his brothers recorded six albums between 1976 and 1984. Michael was the lead song writer.

4. Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)
Michael Jackson was truly one of a kind. The King of Pop's musical success and innovation may never be equaled.

5. Vintage MJ

Vintage MJ
Michael Jackson during his career heyday of the mid-1980s. The guy was unparalleled and peerless, for better or for worse, both professionally and personally.

6. An MJ Pic

An MJ Pic
Michael Jackson performs in 1988, near the height of his career. Bad and Thriller remain two of the best-selling albums of all time.

7. Michael in Concert

Michael in Concert
Michael Jackson performs in the 1990s. His career will perhaps never be equaled, but he left behind what was in many ways a sad, tragic life and legacy.

8. Vintage Michael Jackson

Vintage Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was a once-in-a-generation performer, a man unlike any other. This also translated to his troubled personal life, and likely played a role in his untimely death.

9. Smiling Michael Jackson

Smiling Michael Jackson
Sadly, Michael Jackson, a man with so much love to give the world and provided it so much, became sad, troubled and morally questionable later in life. The world will forever miss is prodigal talents, however.

10. Michael, Paris and Prince Jackson

Michael, Paris and Prince Jackson
Michael, Paris and Prince Michael Jackson in a photo from when the kids, now 12 and 11, were little. What a cute moment.

11. Michael Jackson, Children

Michael Jackson, Children
Michael Jackson and his two older children, Prince Michael and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. This photo is a bit older by now but it certainly is sweet.

12. Michael, Prince and Paris Jackson

Michael, Prince and Paris Jackson
Michael, Prince and Paris Jackson in a photo from years ago when they were small children. The kids are in the spotlight these days as both their past and future are often discussed.

13. Michael Jackson, Debbie Rowe, Prince Michael, Paris

Michael Jackson, Debbie Rowe, Prince Michael, Paris
Michael Jackson, Debbie Rowe and babies Prince Michael Jackson and Paris Jackson in an older family photo just released to the public. She actually looks great!

14. Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover (III)

Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover (III)
Another Entertainment Weekly cover featuring the late Michael Jackson. He's the man.

15. Michael Cover

Michael Cover
The cover for the new Michael Jackson album due out in late 2010. It's going to be a must-have.

16. Cirque De Soleil: Michael Jackson

Cirque De Soleil: Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson is being immortalized like never before, courtesy of Cirque De Soleil. We can't wait for this awesome show.

17. Michael Jackson, This Is It Pic

Michael Jackson, This Is It Pic
Michael Jackson in This Is It, the movie about him preparing for his final tour. That tour, of course, never took place.

18. Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover

Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover
Michael Jackson's Entertainment Weekly cover in October 2009. The man has become almost bigger in death than he was in life.

19. This Is It Movie Poster

This Is It Movie Poster
A movie poster for This Is It, the Michael Jackson documentary. He is the man, plain and simple. There are no counterparts.

20. Michael Jackson and Freddy Mercury

Michael Jackson and Freddy Mercury
Unreleased duets by Michael Jackson and Freddy Mercury are actually coming soon!

21. Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson Photo

Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson Photo
Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson were married once. That seems like a lifetime ago.

22. Michael Jackson Family Photo

Michael Jackson Family Photo
Michael Jackson in an old family photo showing the King of Pop at his best.

23. MJ and Kids

MJ and Kids
Michael Jackson in an old family photo shown during his wrongful death trial.

24. Michael Jackson and Children

Michael Jackson and Children
Michael Jackson and his children, Paris and Prince, in an old family photo.

25. Michael Jackson This Is It Photo

Michael Jackson This Is It Photo
Michael Jackson on the set of This Is It. The ill-fated set, as it would turn out.

26. Jackson, M

Jackson, M
Michael Jackson. The greatest.

27. Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson

Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson
Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson in a 1996 photo. The two were married and had two kids together.

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