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Six years ago, the world lost Michael Jackson

Six years ago, the world lost Michael Jackson

King of Pop Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009 in his bed at his Los Angeles home after a cardiac arrest.

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Published: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 3:19 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:51 PM

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It was on June 25, 2009, when one of the world's greatest pop stars went to a better place. Michael Jackson aged 50 breathed his last in his Los Angeles home after a cardiac arrest brought on by acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication.

His physician, Conrad Murray, said he had found Jackson in his room, not breathing and with a barely detectable pulse. He was was later pronounced dead at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Jackson's death triggered an outpour of grief and disbelief across the world and fans took to the internet creating unprecedented surges of Internet traffic. There was also drastic increase in the sales of his music.

A public memorial service was held on July 7, 2009, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where he had rehearsed for the London concerts the night before his death.

In 2010, Sony Music Entertainment signed a $250 million deal with Jackson's estate to retain distribution rights to his recordings up until 2017, and to release seven posthumous albums over the decade following his death.

The music plays on... 

During his lifetime, the legend produced hundreds of songs that spent months at the top of the charts. He was renowned for his voice as much as his dance moves, that made him one of the most famous artists of all time.

Take a look at some of his songs that topped the charts for months. Listen to the playlist can be found here:

Billie Jean
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
The Way You Make Me Feel
ou Rock My World
Black Or White
Man In The Mirror
They Don't Care About Us
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

The world remembers

Fans paid tribute to the star on twitter today using the hashtag #6YearsWithoutMichaelJackson.

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