Jackson first gained fame singing with his brother as part of The Jackson 5, before embarking on a successful solo career. His album Thriller remains the best-selling record of all time, with over 50 million copies, and is the basis for a stage musical playing in London. He also helped organize the single "We Are The World," which raised millions of dollars for charity.
In addition, Jackson played the role of the Scarecrow in Sidney Lumet's film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz opposite Diana Ross.
He is survived by his three children and numerous other family members,