Michael Jackson Dies
Michael Jackson dies after suffering a heart attack in his California home. Jackson's death is a shock as he was only 50.
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First wife Lisa Marie Presley helped Jackson kick his drug habit after the first molestation allegations came to light. She said, "I believed he didn't do anything wrong and that he was wrongly accused and yes I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it." Presley encouraged Jackson to settle out of court and go to rehab. He did both, and afterwards the couple married in secret, not telling the press for two months. They divorced amicably two years later.
A second marriage to nurse Deborah Jean Rowe resulted in two children, Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. Rowe gave Jackson full rights to the children upon the
couple's divorce in 1999. A third child, Prince Michael Jackson II, was born in 2002 by an undisclosed mother.
Michael Jackson death: a lasting legacy
No matter what his public image may have been at the time of his death, Michael Jackson's musical legacy cannot be disputed. He is the fourth top selling music artist of all time, coming in
behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby -- not including his Jackson 5 sales. He released ten albums, enjoyed 13 number one hits as a solo artist, won 22 American Music Awards, 40
Billboard Awards and 19 Grammys, and holds 13 Guinness World Records and 56 certifications and awards through the RIAA. Jackson's albums Thriller and Off the Wall were
inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008, and Thriller is certified as the best selling album of all time by Guinness.
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