Black Music Month

Michael Jackson performs at the taping of 'American Bandstands 50th...A Celebration' television special honoring the music show April 20, 2002 (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

It’s been 12 years since the King of Pop Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. His musical influence still reigns supreme throughout the industry, with dozens of his songs still carrying a heavy presence in the collective consciousness.

Today, on the anniversary of his death, we look back at some images of the pop icon, and remember his complicated and troubled past.

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