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Today, Michael Jackson would have turned 53 years old. Sadly, we lost this musical icon on June 25, 2009. Celebrate his birthday as LIFE.com looks back at pictures from MJ's childhood, the Jackson 5 and his years as the reigning King of Pop.
The King of Pop rocks his look from the "Beat It" video, including the distinctive jacket that every kid in the '80s wanted to have. They're not pictured, but we can imagine he's also got on those classic loafers, tall white socks and black highwaters.