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In pictures: Michael Jackson through the years

Michael Jackson (November 1972)

Michael Jackson first found fame as a child star, singing with some of his brothers in a group called the Jackson Five.

The Jackson Five. Michael Jackson (centre) and his brothers. Photo: 1970

Michael is in the middle of this picture with his brothers. They're arriving at Heathrow Airport in London in 1979.

Michael Jackson in Thriller

It was in the 1980s when Jackson became a global megastar. He released the album Thriller, which is now the biggest-selling album of all time.

Michael Jackson performs in Tokyo in 1987

By 1987, as Jackson's fame continued to grow, the star began to look different. He said he had a condition called vitiligo which makes skin go blotchy.

Lisa Marie Presley and Michael Jackson (06/09/1994)

In 1994 Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of Elvis Presley. The marriage lasted just 19 months. By this time Jackson had started to look very pale indeed.

Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe (19 February 1997)

In 1996 he married a second time to Debbie Rowe, who used to be his nurse. They remained married until 1999 and had two children together.

Jackson outside a court in California. Photo: 2005

In 2005 Jackson was arrested for hurting a 14-year-old child. A jury decided he wasn't guilty after a trial that made headlines around the world.

Michael Jackson. Photo: March 2009

Jackson was due to start a series of comeback concerts in London in July 2009. Tickets for the 50 shows sold out within hours of going on sale in March.

Michael Jackson

But the star, one of the most successful recording artists of all time, died suddenly in Los Angeles, America, at the age of 50 on 25 June 2009.