SANTA MARIA, CA - MARCH 1: Pop star Michael Jackson waves to spectators March 1, 2005 as he departs the Santa Barbara County Courthouse in Santa Maria, California Jackson's child molestation trial continues today as the defense is expected to finish their opening arguments. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

It’s been 12 years since the King of Pop Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50. His musical influence still reigns supreme throughout the industry, with dozens of his songs still carrying a heavy presence in the collective consciousness.

Today, on the anniversary of his death, we look back at some images of the pop icon, and remember his complicated and troubled past.