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The world lost a legend of the music industry on June 25, 2009 — when Michael Jackson passed away at the age of 50, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Today, if he had lived, the King of Pop would have turned 54.

To celebrate the life of the beloved pop star, Celebuzz takes a photographic look at the icon’s life.

Jackson made headlines recently — as Celebuzz reported exclusively — when a family feud was ignited after some of his brothers and sisters sent a letter to the executors of his estate, asking them to resign immediately suggesting the executors had faked his will.

In the fall out from the feud, Katherine Jackson — Jackson’s mother — lost custody of his children Prince Michael, 15, Paris, 14, and ten-year-old Blanket.

Yet despite the drama Jackson remains a cultural force, so much so, that famed director Spike Lee has created a documentary about the late pop icon.

According to the Los Angeles Times, ABC announced on Tuesday that they have acquired the television rights to Spike Lee’s documentary Bad25 about the creative side of Jackson — including insight into his visions of his hit songs “Bad” and “Thriller.”

“This will be a very special Thanksgiving for all families to enjoy the genius of Michael Jackson,” Lee declared.

“Big thanks to ABC for allowing people to witness the making of Michael Jackson’s Bad album.”

To search for never-before-seen footage, Lee partnered up with Jackson’s estate and Legacy/Epic Records to search the archives. The documentary also includes interviews with some people close to the star, such as Martin Scorsese, Mariah Carey, and Kanye West.

Bad25 airs on Thanksgiving, but for now you can take a look through our gallery to remember the life of Michael Jackson.

Share your favorite memories of the Prince Pop below in the comments section.