By People Staff
July 13, 2009 12:00 PM

52 COVER

The life and death of Michael Jackson

52 SHOCKING END

After an impressive rehearsal for his upcoming tour, Michael Jackson dies in Los Angeles, leaving behind mysteries about drug use, debt and who will care for his children

62 MAN IN THE MIRROR

Haunted by insecurities, the King of Pop turned to plastic surgery

64 FROM SMALLTOWN TO MOTOWN

The Jackson 5 introduced the world to the extraordinarily gifted boy

70 THE THRILL OF IT

For a decade Jackson was simply the biggest, brightest star on the planet

82 OFF TO NEVERLAND

Jackson’s opulent estate provided refuge and heartaches

87 THE ACCUSED

Accusations of child molestation, especially a 2005 trial, left Jackson in despair

90 REMEMBERING MICHAEL

Usher recalls the magic of his idol Michael Jackson

92 After fighting a courageous battle for nearly three years, Farrah Fawcett succumbs to the cancer that ravaged her body but never sapped her spirit

115 Los Angeles police say that they’ve finally cracked an unsolved 1986 murder. The surprise suspect? An LAPD cop

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE

MAILBAG 6

PEOPLE.COM 8

STAR TRACKS 10

SCOOP 21

INSIDER 29

REVIEWS 31

STYLE WATCH 101

GREAT IDEAS 104

PUZZLER 110

SECOND LOOK 112

PASSAGES 119

BODY WATCH 120

CHATTER 122

Back Cover

SPECIAL SECTION

His famous friends, his iconic looks, his artifacts, his best albums and videos. Plus, a photo retrospective.

ON THE COVER

Photograph by Dan Cappellazzo/Polaris. Inset (Fawcett): MPTV/ABC/Retna. Back cover (color): Universal; (black and white): Lynn Goldsmith/Corbis.

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