PHOTO GALLERY: Michael Jackson: A Look Back

The world lost a controversial giant of the music industry on Thursday, when Michael Jackson passed away at the age of 50 in Los Angeles after suffering cardiac arrest.

Celebuzz looks back at the King of Pop's life with a pictorial retrospective. Click through our photo gallery for a photographic review of one of the most fascinating icons in show-biz history.

 

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  • castaneda
    castaneda

    The way you make feel

  • castaneda
    castaneda

    Happy Birthday, Michael! We miss you so much!

  • RIPMJKingofPop
    RIPMJKingofPop

    i think it's the glare and lighting

  • famous
    famous

    R.I.P :)

  • famous
    famous

    i think he really deserve what he achieve :) for he's a taleneted singer and KING OF POP ! thumbs up ! i miss him a lot :"(

  • jessica18
    jessica18

    how dare u call him jacko @kristap his name is michael jackson okay if u really love him u wouldnt call him jacko

  • Bri
    Bri

    why do his eyes look blue in this pic?

  • pinkcatme
    pinkcatme

    can't you see he was trying to use the make up to cover his vitiligo? I feel heart pain to see his older pictures, he was so brave to still face people.

  • lmw931
    lmw931

    no one will ever be better then mj he is a legend and always will be and will forever be in my heart r.i.p mj you are forever loved by all your fans

  • jenny josé
    jenny josé

    linda

  • SaslovesMichael
    SaslovesMichael

    Michael Jackson was not only musically tuned; but, also grace with style and fashion.Something other entertainers wish to have.He was just to talented to authentic for this world to comprehend .Thank you Michael.May his familly find peace and love for all time. aww. ur so sweet!! i agree with every word!!

  • SaslovesMichael
    SaslovesMichael

    LOVE YOU MICHAEL ♥

  • Katherine
    Katherine

    Why did we lose you??? Why did god take you????!!!!

  • Diana
    Diana

    Is it true that he had a germ phobia is that why he wore that mask thing every where?? Michael was diagnosed with discoid lupus back in the '80s. This autoimmune disease causes painful skin lesions (among other things - WebMD’s eMedicine describes it as "a chronic, scarring, atrophy producing, photosensitive dermatosis") and the treatments currently available to keep it in check REQUIRE that the patient protect his/her skin and eyes from UV light (sunlight) at all times. MJ was diagnosed with yet another autoimmune disease - vitiligo - which, among other things, causes permanent skin discoloration due to the complete loss of melanin. What that means is that the patient will develop skin blotches 'whiter' than even albino skin - the skin becomes virtually translucent. Moreover, the patient becomes very susceptible to developing a plethora of skin cancers if s/he does not protect her/his skin from UV rays at all time. THESE are the REAL REASONS WHY MJ used makeup, sunglasses, hats, face coverings, umbrellas, long sleeves all the time, etc., etc. It was NOT because he was "weird" and all the other crap that an IGNORANT, JEALOUS, HATEFUL AND PROFITEER MEDIA claimed. Michael Jackson simply tried to follow ESSENTIALLY IMPORTANT, RESPONSIBLE medical advice in order to protect his health as much as he could. The media - and a LOT of folks out there - found it MUCH easier and 'fun' to ridicule MJ for something they were TOO IGNORANT AND TOO ARROGANT to comprehend - or even willing to hear - let alone learn about!! THIS had been killing Michael Jackson for a LONG TIME -- That SORRY EXCUSE FOR A DOCTOR - Conrad Murray - who's nothing more than another IGNORANT, JEALOUS, HATEFUL AND PROFITEER LOSER - just finished the 'job'!

  • kristap
    kristap

    how small is his nose?? nose is beautiful

  • kristap
    kristap

    how small is his nose?? nose is beautiful

  • kristap
    kristap

    how small is his nose?? nose is beautiful

  • kristap
    kristap

    Jacko you are my heart my soul my everything. you was,you are, you will forever- I miss you,I need you. I, beg you-comeback now

  • regiane ( brazil)
    regiane ( brazil)

    Not because you know it, I miss how I felt, And I live in sadness, And that goodbye could not give, You scored in my life, He lived, died in my story, I get afraid of the future, Of loneliness that in my door knocking, And I liked both of you! I wish both of you! I run, run away this shadow In this dream I see past And the wall of my room Still his portrait I do not want to see you do not remember I thought until I change Any place that does not exist The thought of you ...

  • Infinity
    Infinity

    He was sooooo beautiful,inside and out!!!! it didnt matter if he got lighter or his nose got nerrow he was a true genius and he had dis beautiful ora,even if you dint kno him it was somthing about him that made me love him... I love his music and his soul will live on forever Ily Mike :( R.I.P

  • Victoria
    Victoria

    The best moonwalker :))

  • Victoria
    Victoria

    i am from Slovac and i don speak iénglish verry good ... you be her now ...adn you be her forever ;.((

  • Victoria
    Victoria

    why ??? please ..we loeve you you stay in my haerth forever ;(

  • wish
    wish

    its hard to belive that michael is no more. i cant belive it. but i will miss u deeply and love you always mj. you are the king of pop.and u will always remain as king forever..rest in peace michael jackson but hope to see you soon here in between us again mj.i cant lose my hope.have arest in peace my dear..

  • ann
    ann

    i miss you michael

  • sejal
    sejal

    i jus donno wat to say bt ya ....m gon in depression..i live in india but still i can see fans from india r dyin after the tragic news of mj....i had never seen or listnd to his songs but sfter his bad demise i m gon mad fo him ...i hv collectd all the songs video...n wat not ...i jus hope u michael jackson will get me out of this......i jus wish ya alive...m ready to die n give ya ma soul ....jus cum back....!!!

  • lannie candidato
    lannie candidato

    michael wherever you are, we will miss and you dont know how much it hurts to see you now forever... i will always love you JACKO.. (crying)

  • Ranny
    Ranny

    Michael you were amazing. There aren't any words in a dictionary to describe how fantastically awesome you were! You were like a part of my family. We owned all you album. On both records players and CD's. We had DVD's of all your concert, books and posters about you. Our hearts couldn't be in anymore pain. We loved you and respect you. Rest in peace my brother. BEST PERFORMER WHO EVER LIVED! I'm sorry for what the world did to you. I think now they can really see what they've lost. Africa sends their regards to the Jackson Family! Love from your biggest fan ever, S.A.H

  • Sam
    Sam

    We love your Michael!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thecritic
    thecritic

    bet the smile's gone now

  • thecritic
    thecritic

    scary monster

  • thecritic
    thecritic

    decomposing, like the rest of him now

  • thecritic
    thecritic

    he's fuggin Dead you moron

  • Ariel Dankert
    Ariel Dankert

    I have alway's LOVED Micheal Jackson and now that he's gone, there is an emptyness inside. I'm still in shock about the whole thing, but one thing is for sure Micheal was THE greatest artist of all time and HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN............. EVER.... R.I.P M.J WE'LL MISS YOU

  • Jennet Jackson
    Jennet Jackson

    [quote=Laura W.]I am a 39 year old female from the US. Michael Jackson had such a huge impact on my childhood...he created his own era...such amazing talent and presence...I found myself crying last night when I heard the news...and then cried again this morning on my way in to work listening to the radio as the DJ played his songs. In losing Michael I have lost (as I'm sure many others feel) an important link to my childhood. I can't believe he's gone... He will be greatly missed and most definitely mourned by his adoring fans. I hold a twinkle of hope that maybe one or both of his children hold some essence of their father within them to bring in a new era of "Jackson" to the world and once again wow and awe us with the level of talent that Michael possessed. A chapter closes...but maybe a new one is just beginning...? I cant belive it either you are so right i love his songs and i wish he were still alive michael changed my life at first i didnt really care until now he is a great Icon and forever will be R.I.P look at the bright side he is in a better place and hes singing to god! lol oh and he only loved hi fans he were crazy about him he even created the moon walk i love that move dont cry guys he is in a better place. And i miss my brother so much. Actually i did care about his songs im his little sister and I love him and always will be its tough enough on our famiily. he had some great memories and he is still a child inside

  • danyel
    danyel

    I love you and I reall ymiss you.You are the best.Very time I cry I want you to keep my teardrops because you are the best and we love you Michael and I wish I can go back in time and meet you.I bet that you are going to haven with God and Jesus Christ because you are a inncoent boy,teenage boy and through your manhood you well still be inncoent.I LOVE YOU AND HALF OF THE WORLD LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FANS.I WILL MISS YOU!

  • mj lives on
    mj lives on

    for all the people who claim he was bleaching his skin, look at his forehead closely and you will notice the white patches appearing, this is proof that michael had vitiligo

  • tamekalatrice
    tamekalatrice

    we miss u mike nd love u

  • d
    d

    pls came baaaack

  • oceanbubbles
    oceanbubbles

    God dammit... It doesnt get any cooler than this folks.. Definitely lost a LEGEND and a piece of our childhoods.. RIP Love u MJ you were the best

  • Suzy
    Suzy

    [quote=Laura De Deurwaerder]We just Love him!R.I.P. MJ THE BEST EVER THAT HAPPENED TO THIS EARTH!! WE LOVE YOU MJ

  • rebecca
    rebecca

    RIP mj your songs has touch my heart there out my child hood i will never stop love you. You are in my heart forever and there you will stay. You are angel now with beauiful wing's.love you mj.

  • Britt
    Britt

    *sniff* R.I.P MJ You will be missed!

  • james
    james

    Michael Jackson was not only musically tuned; but, also grace with style and fashion.Something other entertainers wish to have.He was just to talented to authentic for this world to comprehend .Thank you Michael.May his familly find peace and love for all time.

  • John smith
    John smith

    He was a fantastic person and icon but lets get real, so much is left in the dark

  • sevdy
    sevdy

    beautiful picture

  • αγκυ κουμουτσακου
    αγκυ κουμουτσακου

    you will be missed ..now music pop is dead..

  • Ms. Andrea
    Ms. Andrea

    I was looking at the pictures and being in the medical field for a while before moving into the field of pyscology, I notice that michael had some serious issues with self mutilation. I am not taking away from his great vocal ability and musical genuis, but I do hate that no one around him took the time to pay attention and see that he was in need of help. The reason his nails are like that is due to malnutrition. If you pay atttention to the pictures prior to his noise surgery and other alterrations you will see healthy white nails, when we don't give our body the nutrients that it needs it shows in our skin, our nails, etc. I really am sad that Michael is gone, but I pray that he is content and found that peace and acceptance that he was looking for so long within himself. I know that I might have some typo's trying to get out of here, but I had to voice my opinion after viewing these pictures.

  • dancingfire
    dancingfire

    You still make me laugh...

  • lalalalalalalalalalalalalala
    lalalalalalalalalalalalalala

    everyone will never forget mjs ball chin

  • Never forget you
    Never forget you

    i think this is one of the hardest thinqs ever no one is qoinq to forget him ever he will remane in our hearts forever Rest in peace michael jackson you made history you did it ! we love you The kinq of pop x

  • vika
    vika

    i feel so devastated that i've never had an opportunity to see your concert. but i'm honored to live in the same time as you did!!!

  • Stretch
    Stretch

    (L)

  • Zana Zafar
    Zana Zafar

    we never ever forget you... they dont care about us yet but we're still trying to heal the world and we remember the time that u teach us it doesnt matter if we are black or white, just beat it beat it.....

  • yara almeida
    yara almeida

    Is it true that he had a germ phobia is that why he wore that mask thing every where?? no its not true

  • yara almeida
    yara almeida

    hes okay

  • yara almeida
    yara almeida

    love the outfit hehehehe

  • yara almeida
    yara almeida

    peng,piff,showah===beutiful

  • yara almeida
    yara almeida

    thriller THE BEST SELLING ULBAM EVAh

  • Yara Almeida
    Yara Almeida

    a snake wowowowow

  • yara almeida
    yara almeida

    BILLIE JEAN r.i.p

  • YARA ALMEIDA
    YARA ALMEIDA

    aww soo sexy R.I.P gard that did not last for evah

  • shanndez@msn.com
    shanndez@msn.com

    What's going on with his fingernails?

  • bethanycullen
    bethanycullen

    he was truly amazing a legend a lagacy. the man the myth the LEGEND xx

  • bethanycullen
    bethanycullen

    REST IN PEACE MICHAEL JACKSON THE LEGEND. thinking that your no longer here makes me want to cry but your music will live on FOREVER. Bethany'Alice'Rosalie'Edward'Emmet'Jasper'Carlisle'Esme'CULLEN xx

  • banzzii
    banzzii

    :(

  • msjade
    msjade

    WE ALL LOVE YOU MICHAEL YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEART

  • msjade
    msjade

    MICHEAL YOUR LIFE AND MUSIC WILL LIVE ON IN ALL OF US

  • chizo
    chizo

    It is so stucking that you have to go so soon. Rest in Peace my model, i will keep praying for you.

  • jess289
    jess289

    how small is his nose??

  • jess289
    jess289

    Is it true that he had a germ phobia is that why he wore that mask thing every where??

  • jess289
    jess289

    i think he looked better with dark skin did he have some thing injected into his skin to make it white or was it a Disease??

  • Taz Bebop & Kell
    Taz Bebop & Kell

    We cant believe that MJ died :-( It was such a shock 2 everyone. Just thinking how his family must feel is horrible. He was such a legend! R.I.P MJ U ROCK XXX

  • nnataliee
    nnataliee

    Rest in peace, we will always remember you!

  • mayor
    mayor

    MJ, d whole world will miss u graetly, even the generations yet unborn... ur life esp at childhood is a motivation... RIP

  • mayor
    mayor

    MJ, d whole world will miss u graetly, even the generations yet unborn... ur life esp at childhood is a motivation... RIP

  • K
    K

    Too bad.

  • Laura W.
    Laura W.

    I am a 39 year old female from the US. Michael Jackson had such a huge impact on my childhood...he created his own era...such amazing talent and presence...I found myself crying last night when I heard the news...and then cried again this morning on my way in to work listening to the radio as the DJ played his songs. In losing Michael I have lost (as I'm sure many others feel) an important link to my childhood. I can't believe he's gone... He will be greatly missed and most definitely mourned by his adoring fans. I hold a twinkle of hope that maybe one or both of his children hold some essence of their father within them to bring in a new era of "Jackson" to the world and once again wow and awe us with the level of talent that Michael possessed. A chapter closes...but maybe a new one is just beginning...?

  • Beagustina Beatriz
    Beagustina Beatriz

    lo mejor que pasoo en este planetaaaaa no muerass

  • Francisco Mario Menato
    Francisco Mario Menato

    Pena termos perdido um grande astro, claro o maior de todos os tempos.Sem comentarios foi realmente uma grande perda. Ele foi e sempre sera o meu maior e melhor idolo. Que descanse em paz e sempre o termos na memoria.

  • jsubran2
    jsubran2

    Michael I cannot belive that you are gone. I am from trindad and u have touched my heart since i was 6years. I used to sleep with your record Bad in my bed because it had a picture of u on the cover. I cannot say how many times i have downladed your songs and listened to them and watched your music dvd with your videos and concerts. U truly inspired me and right now i am devasted. God rest your soul and u will alwyas be in my heart.

  • jsubran2
    jsubran2

    Michael I cannot belive that you are gone. I am from trindad and u have touched my heart since i was 6years. I used to sleep with your record Bad in my bed because it had a picture of u on the cover. I cannot say how many times i have downladed your songs and listened to them and watched your music dvd with your videos and concerts. U truly inspired me and right now i am devasted. God rest your soul and u will alwyas be in my heart.

  • jsubran2
    jsubran2

    Michael I cannot belive that you are gone. I am from trindad and u have touched my heart since i was 6years. I used to sleep with your record Bad in my bed because it had a picture of u on the cover. I cannot say how many times i have downladed your songs and listened to them and watched your music dvd with your videos and concerts. U truly inspired me and right now i am devasted. God rest your soul and u will alwyas be in my heart.

  • Shruti
    Shruti

    I am still not able to digest the fact that the "POP DIVA" is no more with us. MJ may god bless you & will always miss you!! Love you always & pray to god that may your soul rest in peace!! Mu........ah!!

  • Valentino Maganga
    Valentino Maganga

    Yes MJ was a grace that placed self. We miss u.

  • Laura De Deurwaerder
    Laura De Deurwaerder

    We just Love him! R.I.P. MJ

  • mjfan
    mjfan

    i will love him forever and always xox

  • chioma
    chioma

    Its sad and hurting to know that u are no more... MJ, may God grant u a perfect rest . u will be missed..

  • Ayeshah
    Ayeshah

    i still cant believe that he is gone forever.. Nobody can replace him.. MJ ure the best.. i love u.. forever in my heart.. R.I.P

  • aw
    aw

    What happened?! Poor Michael! aw...I miss him !!!!

  • micheal jackson
    micheal jackson

    r.i.p micheal

  • Mari
    Mari

    Micheal Your death hurts me SO dearly your music takes me back to the early 70 and 80's with such memories of innocent times and joyful times. You have always been part of me and mine we will always be in our hearts. Your memory of your music and talet and innocent love for the children will live on forever. I LOVE YOU! Find the Peace you didn't have in Life. RIP

  • Banzzii
    Banzzii

    He was and will remain to be a Legend! Australia gives him our love for his family, children and friends! we love you xx

  • r.i.p mj
    r.i.p mj

    so sad that he he will live on through his music that how we all will remember him and keep him alive all we have to do is put his songs on and he is with us l ove you mj r.i.p

  • Rose
    Rose

    This is such a sad day,,We will miss you Michael..But you will always be with us with your wonderful music that will live forever...

  • hispanicatthedisco
    hispanicatthedisco

    It's interesting to see how his face has morphed over the years.

  • BDask1969
    BDask1969

    My heart goes out to his family especially his chidlren, r.i.p.mj & have a safe journey to heaven.

  • Brianna Easaw
    Brianna Easaw

    Michael you will be missed dearly you where the greatest and still are its sad to know that you are not on this earth with us anymore we love you michael im praying for you family and friends your 15 year old fan Brianna :(

  • Heidi
    Heidi

    Saddddddddddd ! Can't believe it we all sooo shocked over here in New Zealand

  • tisha
    tisha

    sorry he had to leave us he will be greatly missed

  • Amber Skye
    Amber Skye

    First Ed McMahon, then Farah Fawcett, and now Micheal Jackson. They always say bad things come in 3's. This is a sad, sad time.

  • Gabrielle
    Gabrielle

    R.I.P! You are Set Free! as i cry i truley have to feel that saying! This man's music will still forever be apart of my future and my family's

  • mara
    mara

    he was da best so sad he has lefted but he an angle now

  • LizWire
    LizWire

    This is just so sad, i feel like life as we know it is changing right in front of us. Like its paving the way for a new generation and the way it will be known by the young ones.

  • noah
    noah

    The man did Thriller.

 
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