U.S. pop star Michael Jackson gestures during a news conference at the O2 Arena in London
Nancy Dillon, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

(New York Daily News)—Five years ago today, the world seemed to stop its rotation at the news the King of Pop had died.

Thousands flocked to UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles to bid farewell to the haunted genius, watching in disbelief as a helicopter transported his lifeless body to the coroner.

Fans across the globe held vigils and tributes as Jackson’s unmistakable singing voice flooded the airwaves.

Here’s a look at the pivotal players in his life, five years later:

KATHERINE JACKSON: The beloved backbone of the legendary family keeps a low profile as she and grandson T.J. Jackson, one of Tito Jackson’s sons, act as co-guardians to Prince, 17, Paris, 16, and Blanket, 12.

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