Monday, June 25, 2012

Tributes, Fans Mark Third Anniversary of Jackson’s Death

Today marks the third anniversary of Michael Jackson's death.
MJ, a.k.a. The King of Pop died on June 25, 2009, of an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol. He was 50 years old. His personal physician, Conrad Murray, was convicted in November 2011 of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to four years in prison.

MJ's career was extraordinary. He was awarded an amazing 23 times by the Guinness Book of World Records. Among his records: most successful entertainer of all time, most charities supported by a pop star, highest-earning deceased artist (wonder what he'd think of the incredible amount of cashing in that has been done on his death, albums, tours, auctions), and longest span of U.S. top 40 singles. "Michael Jackson," "RIP Michael Jackson" and "RIPMJ" are trending on Twitter today.
Jackson's daughter, Paris, tweeted in memory of her father, "RIP Michael Jackson. Dad you will forever be in my heart. I love you."

“RIP Michael Jackson” is one of the top trending topics on Twitter today, as his fans remember his pop legacy. Usher tweeted: “RIP Michael Jackson — you will never die in our hearts, your legacy will live on forever!” Rapper Wiz Khalifa tweeted: “3 years ago today the world lost a legend. RIP Michael Jackson. Your music lives on for you. Thank you for everything!”
Fans are also gathering today at MJ’s California ranch as well as his birthplace of Gary, Indiana. Additionally, another wax figure of the star was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Hong Kong this weekend to coincide with the anniversary.
Meanwhile, the King of Pop’s brothers – Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon – are set to return to the stage as The Jacksons this week. Earlier this month, they announced their 16-city “Unity” tour, which will feature slight updates to the “oldies” as well as a tribute with slideshow to the set’s final song “Gone Too Soon.”
The shows mark the first time all of the remaining brothers have toured together since the 1980s “Victory” outing. As previously reported, Jermaine said rehearsals have been tough.
“The brothers don’t know this, but I’ve broken down several times and cried during rehearsals,” he told the AP. “I’m so used to Michael being on the right and then Marlon, Jackie, on and on. It’s just something we never get used to.”
Marlon added: “For me, this cycle that comes around every year – this day, that day – that doesn’t affect me because it affects me every day. When that day comes around, it’s the same. You learn to live with it. I still wake up sometimes and go, ‘Jeez. I can’t believe my brother’s not here.’”

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