Sammy Nickalls
August 29, 2015 2:16 pm

It’s been more than six years since the world lost Michael Jackson, but we won’t be forgetting the music icon anytime soon. His immense talent was evident as a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, and record producer. With his legendary album, Thriller, still firmly on the top of the best-selling album list, King Of Pop isn’t easily forgotten — especially today, on his birthday. Jackson would have been 57, and those who loved him, whether personally or as a fan, are remembering who he was and what he contributed to this world.

Recently, The Jacksons took to Facebook on their official page to post a picture of Michael, young and decked out in very psychedelic gear. “Forever in our hearts,” read the caption, along with Michael’s date of birth and date of death. It’s been shared over 4,000 times, with fans commenting with their condolences and expressing the impact of his legacy.

Michael had a massive impact on everyone he met. Jackson’s former chef, Mani Niall (who also spoke to People in honor of The King Of Pop’s birthday), knew him in a more personal way than most: through food. “He was the type of person who could just go, go, go for hours without eating, and then be famished,” Niall told People.

It was a little tricky being Jackson’s chef because he was a bit of a picky eater, according to Niall. He was a “vegetarian who didn’t like vegetables,” nor did he like pasta or chocolate. He had a huge sweet tooth, but didn’t eat sugar. But Niall would satisfy him by providing Mexican food and grilled tofu shish kebabs with couscous and Moroccan sauce, as well as various other workarounds. Niall, who now owns Sweet Bar Bakery in New York City, is coming out with a menu featuring dishes that adhere to all of Jackson’s strange eating habits as a way to commemorate the star on his birthday.

However, as Jackson was a Jehovah’s Witness during the time Niall served as his chef (hence the warning at the beginning of the Thriller music video), they never celebrated his birthday. “Every year, his assistant would remind everybody: ‘Okay, Michael’s birthday’s coming up, but he doesn’t celebrate it,’” Niall told People. “So this is also a really nice way, in retrospect, to celebrate his birthday since I couldn’t do it at the time.”

Social media has been flooded with posts from stars, fans, and publications alike about the star on his would-be 57th, posting tributes of their own in solemn-yet-happy remembrance.

Today, we remember not only his records, his never-before-seen “moonwalk,” and his iconic video — but the genuine imprint he left on the world as we know it. Happy birthday, Michael! In celebration of the King Of Pop’s birthday, here’s the video that started a musical revolution.

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(Images via Twitter.)

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