Michael Jackson died on 25 June 2009 after overdosing on powerful anesthetic propofol just as he was preparing for what would be a series of 50 concerts starting July 13 at London's O2 arena. Jackson died at UCLA Medical Center after being taken ill at his rented home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Holmby Hills.
Born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Jackson was four-years-old when he began singing with his brothers — Marlon, Jermaine, Jackie and Tito — in the Jackson 5. Among their No. 1 hits were I Want You Back, ABC and I'll Be There. After his early success with bubblegum soul, he struck out on his own, generating innovative, explosive, unstoppable music.
Numerous celebrations are expected around Jackson's 60th, with fashion giant Hugo Boss launching a collection featuring a recreation of Jackson's white suit from the Thriller album cover, an exhibition featuring artworks of the singer at London's National Portrait Gallery, and a free party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.