Celebs who died young

These actors, musicians, and public figures passed away before their time

#50 Michael Jackson

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Born: August 29th, 1958

Died: June 25th, 2009

Age at death: 50

Cause of death: Cardiac arrest

Michael Jackson died on June 25th, 2009 from an overdose of propofol administered by his personal physician, Conrad Murray. Two months later, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled that Jackson’s death was a homicide, and Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in November 2011.

Dubbed the King of Pop, Jackson made his professional debut in 1964 with his elder brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon as a member of the Jackson 5. He started his solo career in 1971 and rose to prominence with his fifth studio album Off the Wall, which was released in 1979. His most popular songs include Beat It, Billie Jean, and Thriller, just to name a few.

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