A look back at Jackson's life, death and legacy

By People Staff
Updated June 25, 2014 12:50 PM
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It’s been five years to the day since Michael Jackson died. And it’s no small feat to measure Jackson’s impact and legacy – or extricate them from his life’s strange second act.

But as this video shows, Jackson’s not slipping away anytime soon. Two posthumous albums of his music have been released, and the film Michael Jackson’s This Is It, culled from footage of him preparing for what would have been his comeback tour in 2009, grossed over $260 million worldwide at the box office.

The clip offers a great macro view of Jackson’s life, death and continued presence in pop culture. May the King of Pop reign forever.

PEOPLE’s anniversary issue, “Michael Jackson: His Life in Photos”, is on newsstands tomorrow

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