Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Michael Jackson Remembered

How the child superstar grew into an icon beloved by the world – and the eccentricities that later defined him


In Berlin in 2002, Jackson greeted fans from his fourth-floor hotel balcony, but things turned scary when he held infant son Prince Michael II with one arm and dangled the baby outside the railing. "We were waving to thousands of fans down below, and they were chanting that they wanted to see my children, so I was kind enough to let them see. I was doing something out of innocence," Jackson said. "I love my children, I was holding my son right and strong ... I wasn't going to let him fall."