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Michael Jackson: 15 Years Already

Michael Jackson on stage

It was 15 years ago, on June 25, 2009, that the whole world learned with astonishment of the passing of Michael Jackson at only 50 years old. The King of Pop died of a heart attack caused by an overdose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic.

The performer of Thriller left behind three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket, who will never recover from his departure. "I miss you dad. The world was a better place when you were here," wrote Prince on Instagram for the 15th anniversary of his father’s death.

La Toya, Michael’s sister, also wanted to pay tribute to him. "You changed the world with such exuberant talent! We love you! We will miss you forever," she wrote on Instagram in the caption of photos of her brother. Jackie and Tito Jackson, two of his brothers, also shared their emotions. "Hard to believe we’ve just spent 15 years without you. We miss you every day," wrote Jackie. Tito, bassist of the Jackson 5, posted a black and white photo of his brother with the hashtag "always in our hearts."

T.J. Jackson, his nephew, also had a thought for the King of Pop: "I miss you so much my uncle Michael. Thank you for everything you did for me. I love you forever," he wrote.

Michael Jackson fans will soon be able to dive back into his life thanks to an exceptional biopic retracing the story from his childhood with the Jackson 5 to his global triumph with Thriller, not forgetting his humanitarian commitments. Jaafar Jackson, one of his nephews, will play the role of Michael. The film will be released on April 16, 2025, in France, although it is already controversial for not addressing the accusations of child sexual abuse that the singer faced.

Michael Jackson, the seventh child of a family of nine, had music in his blood and began his career at 6 years old. He climbed the ranks with titles like Can You Feel It and You Rock My World. His solo career in the 80s established him as a major figure in pop music. His music videos, such as Beat It, Billie Jean, Thriller, Bad, and Smooth Criminal, are ambitious and innovative short films. His moonwalk became legendary.

On June 25, 2009, firefighters responded to a call from his home at 12:26 PM. He was no longer breathing upon their arrival and died shortly after at UCLA hospital. Michael Jackson, born on August 29, 1958, in GaryIndiana, hoped to make his big comeback on stage that summer. His death occurred while he was preparing a series of concerts in London.