Artists have taken to Twitter to remember Michael Jackson today, on the third anniversary of his death. Notable remembrances and shout-outs have come from Justin Bieber, Usher, Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris, Ghostface Killah and many others in the world of music, lamenting the loss of the King of Pop. Bieber, perhaps the clearest heir to Jackson’s child-pop-prodigy throne, in particular called him “the best who ever did it.” At 10:45 a.m., three of the top trending topics on Twitter were Jackson-related.
The Jackson family was also all over Twitter this morning. Fourteen-year-old Paris Jackson, the singer’s oldest child, tweeted: “RIP Michael Jackson .. Dad you will forever be in my heart <3 i love you.”
Jackson died June 25, 2009, in L.A. of an overdose of the painkiller propofol, prompting a years-long investigation into the circumstances of his death and the fate of his complex estate. A public memorial was held at Staples Center on July 9 of that year.
Since then, his doctor Conrad Murray has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the case, and several posthumous albums have been released, including “Immortal,” a soundtrack to a Jackson-themed Cirque du Soleil show, and “Michael,” an album of vault and unreleased recordings that sold poorly and courted controversy.
Below are links to the L.A. Times’ coverage of Jackson’s death, his legacy and the ongoing news stories surrounding his estate.
– August Brown
Photo: Michael Jackson. Credit: Joel Ryan / Associated Press.