Five years is a long time. A lot can happen in five years. It is almost imperceptible how quickly time has gone by since the passing of Michael Jackson, King of Pop. Despite the criticisms the artist received during his life, he is remembered now more than ever as fans came out in the multitudes this past week to celebrate the star’s legacy in the anniversary of his death.


At only 50 years of age, Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of an overdose of the anesthetic, Propofol, administered at his home by his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray. Although the singer was unable to go through with his comeback world tour set to begin in London, it’s true that the entertainer’s career is now actually more alive than it has been in decades.


This past May, the singer controversially moonwalked across a Las Vegas stage in a nationally televised hologram performance, while a new album recently debuted at number two on music charts. To add to this, the traveling Cirque du Soleil show based on Jackson’s songs has logged nearly 500 performances worldwide. His resulting cash flow outnumbers the success he had in his latest years, with his estate earning more than $600 million since his untimely death.


Despite an impressive and ongoing accumulation of wealth, it is worse for the world to remember the star’s passing. Jackson’s three young children survive him, as well as his siblings and mother, and no hologram can account for their missing such a pivotal figure in their own lives. The star did provide for his family while he was still alive, and his sons and daughter are all set to receive inheritances upon entering adulthood.


Jackson inspired countless artists throughout their own musical careers, and his star will continue to shine bright as his music transforms lives. People miss him now more than ever, and there’s no telling what his influence will measure in the next five years.


Can you believe it’s been five years since the King of Pop passed away? What was your favorite decade of the star’s chart-topping hits? Share your thoughts in the comments or tweet me @Kelseymbro