Most people will remember where they were when they heard the news that Michael Jackson had died. He passed away just weeks before he was meant to embark on a mammoth 50 dates at London’s O2 Arena, four years ago.
The Jackson family still live in torment and they continue to fight tour promoters AEG Live for wrongful death, suing them for $40 billion.
The company appointed Dr Conrad Murray to care for the singer. Murray was sentenced to four years in prison for involuntary manslaughter of the singer, which he denies.
And now his family have opened up about their loss, as his father and sister chatted on ‘Life With La Toya’ shown on OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
A young, smiling Michael Jackson (WENN)
La Toya reminisces over her childhood: “I remember being a little girl and how hard you worked the brothers. And Michael. I know you did a lot making sure they brought out their talent… they would never know they had that talent today if it wasn’t for you.”
And Joe admits that he still hears him everywhere he goes “I miss him so much. Every store I go into, if I’m there a while, he’s going to start singing."
Messages of support, memories and love have been flooding the internet all day, with Britney Spears tweeting a picture of her and MJ with the caption “My thoughts are with the Jackson family today. Honoured to have shared a stage with him. Miss u Michael! <3 (sic).”
Other well wishes included Marvin Humes, Frankie Cocozza and Chris Tucker.
On the other end of the spectrum was Frankie Boyle’s thoughts on the subject, with the controversial comedian taking to his Twitter to say “Like a Pharaoh of Pop, every child Michael Jackson abused will one day be his servant in Hell (sic).”
A look back at the King of Pop
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958. He was the seventh child of nine children to Joseph and Katherine Jackson and was born into a typical working class family. The city of Gary is 25 miles from downtown Chicago and is famous for its massive steel industry. It took its name from the chairman of U.S. Steel, Elbert H Gary, and is nicknamed 'City of Century' – we're hoping for ironic reasons. (Image: WENN.com)