For the Jackson’s family, it was a time to reflect on the life and times of their late son, brother and father, pop idol, Michael Jackson who died exactly eight years ago. The pop superstar Michael Jackson died at 50 at his home in Los Angeles.
The King of Pop, known for creating timeless music across multiple genres, died on June 25, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest.
Surviving members of Jackson’s famous family are marking the occasion by remembering him during live performances and on social media.
The Jacksons — the singing group started with Michael Jackson back in 1964 — performed at the Glastonbury Festival in England on Saturday.
Onstage, his brothers dedicated two of their hit songs to him — “I’ll Be There” and “Gone Too Soon.”
Jermaine Jackson also took to Twitter before the performance to remember his younger brother in his own way.
“We’ll be 4 brothers on stage joined by Michael in spirit,” he wrote. “Through the music we made together, we find comfort in memories, esp this weekend.”
Michael Jackson’s older sister, LaToya Jackson, also turned to social media to remember her brother. She wrote on Twitter: “WE ALL LOVE AND MISS YOU!”
The late pop icon’s daughter, Paris Jackson, told her Twitter followers: “crazy to think about how people come and go so quickly…the way you did once upon a dream.”
And Michael Jackson’s official Facebook page, run by his estate, remembered the music legend in a lengthy message.
“While our hearts remain heavy over the passing of Michael Jackson eight years ago, we take solace in the timelessness of his music and his message,” the note began.
“‘When I create my music, I feel like an instrument of nature,’ Michael once said. ‘I wonder what delight nature must feel when we open our hearts and express our God-given talents,'” the message continued.
“For a planet in desperate need of open hearts and compassionate minds, we continue to seek joy and fulfillment in the music and entertainment he shared with us — and express hope that Michael’s message may someday ‘heal the world,’ as he tirelessly strove to do,” it concluded.