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Slate on Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson died of a heart attack today. He was 50. Volumes have been written about Jackson’s music, his bizarre personal life, and his legal troubles. Here’s a selection of Slate ‘s coverage of the King of Pop over the years:

Seth Stevenson filed two dispatches from Jackson’s 2005 sexual-abuse trial. Click here to read Part 1; click here  for Part 2. During that same trial, Jacob Weisberg didn’t believe Jackson was a pedophile, and Dahlia Lithwick wondered whether the threat of imprisonment would make Jackson stop acting like such a freak . Pulitzer Prize-winner Margo Jefferson and Slate music critic Jody Rosen discussed M.J. as a cultural object and a troubled human being . Seth Stevenson charted the evolution of the star’s persona by examining his greatest music videos .