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In memoriam: Michael Jackson dead at 50

June 25, 2009 |  3:37 pm

As news reports and shocked reactions ripple around the world about the news of his death, it's impossible not to reflect on the eternal and profound mark Michael Jackson left on music and pop culture at large.

While there are countless nerve-tingling moments in his storied career, few had the cataclysmic and immediate impact as his performance of "Billie Jean" on the now legendary "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today and Forever" TV special in 1983 where he debuted his patented "Moonwalk." For anyone that was there or watching as it happened, it was a moment that literally changed pop culture overnight.

In celebration of the music and memories, here is that magical moment to relive all over again.

Please feel free to use the comments section to share your thoughts and remembrances of the eternal King of Pop.

-Scott T. Sterling