Michael Joseph Jackson, born August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and died June 25, 2009 (age 50) in Los Angeles, California, is a singer-dancer-choreographer, singer-songwriter, actor and American director. . The Guinness Book of Records identifies him as the most successful variety artist of all time , , , . For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he is the most popular artist in the history of the entertainment industry. Seventh in a family of nine children, he sings with his brothers at the age of six and begins a professional career at the age of eleven in the Jackson Five, a group formed with his older brothers. While remaining a member of the group, he began in 1971 a solo career. Seven of his solo albums released during his lifetime are among the best-selling albums in the world: Off the Wall (1979), Thriller (1982), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), HIStory (1995), Blood on the Dance Floor (1997) and Invincible (2001). In the 1980s, he became a major figure of pop music. He designs music videos such as Beat It, Billie Jean, Thriller, Bad or Smooth Criminal. During his concerts, videos and public appearances, he popularized many dance steps, including the Moonwalk, which became his signature. Having fused the genres of soul, funk and rock music, his vocal and musical style continues to influence many hip-hop, pop and contemporary R'n'B artists. Nicknamed "The King of Pop", Michael Jackson has broken several record industry records. For his entire career, sales of his singles and albums amounted to almost a billion copies , , , which ranks him among the top three sellers. records of all time, with the Beatles and Elvis Presley . With sales amounting to 66 million copies, Thriller is the best-selling album in history , . In the United States, it is the first and only album to have been certified 30 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which represents the highest certification awarded to an album by the association. ]. On February 1, 2016, he is certified 32 times platinum disc , . Michael Jackson has won more awards than any other singer, and at the World Music Award ceremony held in Monte Carlo in 2000, under the patronage of Prince Albert II of Monaco, a Millennium Award was presented to him. was awarded Best Selling Recording Artist of All Time (the most sold artist of all time) . He donated more than $ 400 million to charity, including his Dangerous World Tour. However, his public image has been tarnished by some aspects of his private life, including his recourse to cosmetic surgery, his way of life considered eccentric by the popular press, as well as two complaints of sexual abuse of minors, none of which leads to a conviction. His two marriages and three children are also the subject of controversy, particularly concerning his paternity. In 2010, the FBI released the artist's file, in which the authorities said they had found no evidence to support past accusations. On June 25, 2009, while preparing for the This Is It series of concerts to be held in London, Michael Jackson dies before his 51st anniversary of a drug overdose. On November 7, 2011, after a nine-week trial, Dr. Conrad Murray, his personal physician, was convicted of manslaughter by the Los Angeles Superior Court.