The world lost a true icon when Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, but his legacy lives on through his music and league of diehard fans.

He used let his pet snake loose in the studio: In an interview with The Guardian, famous music producer Quincy Jones recalled the countless times Jackson would show up at the studio with his chimpanzees and Muscles, his pet snake.

“I didn’t like that. The snake used to wrap itself around my leg. Man, I didn’t like that at all. It would call in the console. I’m not into snakes,” Jones said, detailing one day he and Jackson found Muscles stuck in a bird cage.

“One day I said, ‘W’s Muscles?’ and we went downstairs and Muscles was in the parrot cage. He had just eaten the parrot and his head got stuck in the bars of the cage.”

He’s still the number one selling artist of all time: With over a billion total sales, Jackson still reigns as the top selling artist of all time.

With over a billion total sales, Michael Jackson still reigns as the top selling artist of all time.

He was very humble: Despite facing his fair share of fame, success, scandals and controversies, Jackson was still very humble at heart.

Not only did his former personal chef Mani Naill revealed to People magazine that Jackson would sometimes “Go for hours without eating” but he was also very picky about what he ate.

According to Naill, Jackson had a “Fairly limited diet” and said the pop star was “a vegetarian who didn’t like vegetables.” He was known for having a major sweet tooth, but he didn’t eat sugar and wasn’t a fan of chocolate.

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