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Last Updated: Friday June 26 2009 06:01 GMT

Who was Michael Jackson?

Michael Jackson

Maddy looks at Michael Jackson's story

Name: Michael Joseph Jackson
Born: 29 August 1958
Died: 25 June 2009

Star sign: Virgo
Place of birth: Gary, Indiana, USA
Parents: Joseph and Katherine Jackson
Brothers Sigmund, Toriano, Jermaine, Marlon, Steven
Sisters Rebbie, Janet, and La-Toya
Favourite colours: Red and black

Michael Jackson was one of the biggest entertainers ever.

He's sold millions of records, set trends in music, dance and fashion. He's been famous for 40 years.

In 1982 he released the album Thriller. It's the biggest selling album of all-time.

He died unexpectedly on 25 June 2009, age 50.

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