35 Years of People

1974 to Now: PEOPLE's Biggest Stories

Celebrate our 35th anniversary with the newsmakers (Princess Diana! President Obama!) who shocked, moved and warmed the hearts of readers over the years

2009: MICHAEL'S DEATH

The world is stunned by the sudden death of Michael Jackson, who at 50 suffers an apparent cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home on June 25 – weeks before launching a comeback tour. "To you, Michael is an icon," his sister Janet says. "To us, Michael is family. He will forever live in all of hearts."

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