It's been five years to the day since Michael Jackson died suddenly, but the King of Pop still reigns supreme. All this week, fans have placed flowers, pictures, and cards on Jackson's grave at the Forest Lawn Cemetery. His career has had an amazing surge of success since his death, earning big bucks for his estate.
It's hard to believe it's been five years since the world lost the King of Pop, but Michael Jackson's career is more alive than ever. Since his untimely death in 2009, Jackson's biggest hits, like "Thriller," are bouncing back, dominating the airwaves, earning him a new 10-year record deal worth a quarter of a billion dollars.
His posthumous album "Xscape" debuted at number two on the charts. And Jackson's even performing. He was back on stage moonwalking in the form of a hologram at this year's Billboard Music Awards. His thriving estate has pulled in an astounding $700 million since Jackson's death, more than any other artist -- dead or alive.
It's the comeback the superstar sought in his final years. At the time of his death, he was preparing a lavish tour, a show he hoped would pull him out of deep dept. After years of controversy and scandal, Jackson planned to prove once again why he was the world's top entertainer.
But he never got the chance. He died at the age of 50 in a desperate search for sleep. His doctor, Conrad Murray was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson a lethal dose of the drug Propofol.
Jackson's legacy now lives on in his three children, his supporters, and of course, his music. Jackson's fans around the world, still as loyal as ever, are paying tribute to the music great today. In Hollywood, a vigil is planned at his star on the Walk of Fame.
King of Pop celebrated five years after death
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