Michael Jackson 1958 -2009

  • Michael Jackson, from his days as part of The Jackson 5, poses for the camera in this undated handout photo
  • Michael Jackson, from his days as part of The Jackson 5, poses for the camera in this undated handout photo.
  • King of Pop ... Michael Jackson in a publicity shot for Billie Jean and then in 2006.
  • Michael Jackson, from his days as part of The Jackson 5, smiles in this undated handout photo.
  • Michael Jackson in 1974, aged 14.
  • Michael Jackson, from his days as part of The Jackson 5, poses for the camera in this undated handout photo.
  • In this undated file photo, the Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, front right, Marlon Jackson, front left, Tito Jackson, back left, Jackie Jackson and Jermaine, back right, are shown in Los Angeles.
  • Michael Jackson, from his days as part of The Jackson 5, poses for the camera in this undated handout photo.
  • In this Sept. 15, 1972 file photo, The Jackson 5, from left, Tito,  Marlon,  Michael, Jackie and Jermaine perform during the
  • Michael Jackson and guitarist Dave Navaro perform during the Democratic National Committee benefit concert,
  • Michael Jackson poses with the other members of the Jackson 5, Tito, Randy, Jackie, Marlon, in this undated handout photo.
  • In his younger days ... Michael Jackson.
  • August 29, 1993 photos show Michael Jackson performing the first of two concerts at the National Stadium in Singapore, marking his 35th birthday.
  • Michael Jackson speaks to the media in New York  in 1988 after being nominated for four Grammy awards.
  • In this Jan. 30, 1981 picture, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross hold their American Music Awards in Los Angeles.
  • Child star ... Michael Jackson on the cover of Ben.
  • In this Dec. 1, 1984 photo, Michael Jackson is shown onstage at opening night of his Victory Tour at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
  • Michael Jackson arriving at Sydney Airport in 1987.
  • In this Oct. 4, 1977 photo, Diana Ross, as Dorothy, Michael Jackson, right, as Scarecrow, and Nipsey Russell as Tinman perform during filming of the musical
  • Star down under ... Michael Jackson meets Expo OZ at Brisbane Airport in 1987.
  • Stage presence ... Michael Jackson at two different performances in 1985.
  • Ambulance ... Michael Jackson suffered second degree burns in 1984 while filming a commercial for Pepsi.
  • The princess and the pop star ... Princess Diana and Michael Jackson meet after one of his London concerts in 1988.
  • President-elect Bill Clinton sh
akes hands with singer Michael Jackson as singer Stevie Nicks of the band Fleetwood Mac sings at the finale of a star-studded gala on the eve of Clinton's first inauguration as president of the United States in Washington, in this January 19, 1993 file photo.
  • Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson at the races in California in 1986.
  • Michael Jackson and his then wife Lisa Marie Presley in a promotional shot for an interview with Diane Sawyer.
  • In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2001 picture, Michael Jackson performs
  • Michael Jackson in 1995.
  • Photo dated July 19, 1996 shows South African then-president Nelson Mandela posing with Michael Jackson at Hilton College in Kwazulu-Natal.
  • Thriller ... Michael Jackson on the re-launched cover of his critically acclaimed album.
  • This September 6, 1994 Disney handout picture shows Michael Jackson and his then-wife Lisa-Marie Presley enjoying their honeymoon at Euro Disneyland in Marne-la-Vallee outside Paris, where they stayed in the Sleeping Beauty Suite of the Disneyland Hotel.
  • That famous moonwalk ... Michael Jackson performs during the taping of the
  • Singer Michael Jackson and sisters LaToya and Janet Jackson walk over to greet fans during a lunch break at a pretrial hearing in Santa Maria, California in August 16, 2004.
  • Family and friends ... James Brown,  Michael Jackson and LaToya Jackson pose backstage at the 3rd Annual BET Awards in Hollywood, California in 2003.
  • This April 18, 1995 photo shows Lisa Marie Presley, the daughter of rock legend Elvis Presley, walking with her then husband Michael Jackson at his Neverland Ranch in Los Angeles, California.
  • Michael Jackson waves to photographers during a press conference in Paris.
  • In this Feb. 16, 1998 photo, actress Elizabeth Taylor arrives with Michael Jackson at the Pantages Theater in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles for a birthday celebration for Taylor.
  • Michael Jackson performs during a concert in Budapest, Hungary in 1996.
  • In this April 19, 1997 photo, pop star Michael Jackson poses by his wax figure at the Grevin Wax Museum in Paris.
  • Peace ... Michael Jackson at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2002.
  • In this Dec. 4, 1995 photo, pop star Michael Jackson poses with French pantomime artist Marcel Marceau in New York during a rehearsal for Jackson's HBO television special
  • Michael Jackson gives a thumbs up during a rally at Reverend Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters in the Harlem neighborhood of New York in 2002.
  • In this Tuesday Nov. 19, 2002 picture made from video, Michael Jackson holds his child Prince Michael II, his head hidden by a towel, over a balcony of the Adlon Hotel in Berlin.
  • A comeback was in the planning ... Michael Jackson at the O2 Arena in London in March of this year launching his tour.
  • In this Tuesday, June 24, 2003 picture, Michael Jackson, performs with James Brown during the BET Awards in Los Angeles.
  • Michael Jackson at a press conference at the O2 arena in London in March of this year.
  • In this May 14, 1984 photo, Michael Jackson stands with President Ronald Reagan  and first lady Nancy Reagan on the south lawn of the White House prior to receiving an award from the president for his contribution to the drunk driving awareness program.
  • In this Feb. 28, 1984 picture, Michael Jackson holds his awards as he stands with Quincy Jones at the Grammy Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
  • Photo dated February 24, 1993 shows Michael Jackson kissing his sister Janet Jackson afer she presented him with the Grammy Legend Award at the 35th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.
  • In this 1984 picture, Michael Jackson poses on stage during the Jacksons' Victory Tour.
  • Photo dated June 13, 1997 shows Michael Jackson at the Institut Louis Lumiere in Lyon.
  • Michael Jackson gestures to his fans as he arrives at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria, California in this March 28, 2005 file photo.
  • In this May 10, 2000 photo, Michael Jackson gestures to spectators as he holds the
  • Michael Jackson performs as lead singer of the Jackson Five during a performance at the Mill Run Playhouse in a June of 1974 file photo.
  • Michael Jackson is seen in file pictures from top left, 1971, 1977, 1979, and bottom left, 1983, 1987, and 1990.
  • In this Aug. 25, 1993 photo, American pop star Michael Jackson performs during his
  • In this Aug. 29, 1993 photo, pop singer Michael Jackson performs during his
  • In this Feb. 26, 1986 picture, Grammy winners Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie pose together backstage at the Grammy Awards show in Los Angeles.
  • Michael Jackson arrives at Tullamarine Airport 1987.
  • Nov. 14, 1996 photo, Michael Jackson performs in Sydney.
  • In this Nov. 13, 1988 photo, pop singer Michael Jackson performs before a sold out crowd for his Bad tour at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
  • In this Dec. 30, 1992, photo, Michael Jackson sings
  • Michael Jackson in concert at the MCG in 1996.
  • Michael Jackson at the Myer Music Bowl in 1996.
  • In this July 7, 1984 photo, Michael Jackson wears a white glove during his performance kicking off the

    Michael Jackson’s seven-year-old will has been filed in a Los Angeles court, giving his entire estate to a family trust and naming his mother as a beneficiary of the trust and the guardian of his three children.

    The will, filed on Wednesday, names singer Diana Ross as a successor guardian to 79-year-old Katherine Jackson if necessary.

    The will, dated July 7 2002, estimated his estate at that time at more than $US500 ($618) million. It gives the entire estate to the Michael Jackson Family Trust. His for
    mer wife Debbie Rowe is cut out of the will, as is his father Joe. micheal jackson will

    The five-page Michael Jackson will is available here and here.  For commentary on the will, see:

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