Michael Jackson’s Estate Pays Tribute 10 Years After Death
Michael Jackson's estate has paid tribute to his artistry and charity as fans began gathering to celebrate his memory on the 10th anniversary of the King of Pop's death.
"Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian," the Jackson estate said in a statement on Tuesday.
"A decade later, Michael Jackson is still with us, his influence embedded in dance, fashion, art and music of the moment. He is more important than ever."
Family members of Michael Jackson also posted their own tributes on social media, including his sister La Toya Jackson and his nephew Taj Jackson.
It’s been #10YearsWithoutMichaelJackson and the world is a much darker place since he passed. MJ lit up the world with his undeniable talent and his unwavering message of love. We must carry on this message of love and empathy, even if the blind can’t see it.#HonorMJ— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) June 25, 2019
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Michael died on June 25 2009 at the age of 50. His death was rule a homicide.
The estate has doggedly worked to protect and enhance Jackson's legacy since his death, a task made more challenging this year when two men, one of them Australian choreographer Wade Robson, accused Jackson of molesting them as boys in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, sparking new scrutiny of years-old claims that Jackson preyed on children.
Jackson was acquitted of abuse allegations in 2005 and always vehemently denied such allegations, and the estate and his family angrily refuted the men's claims when the documentary was released in March, noting the men had at one time been among Jackson's biggest defenders and one testified on his behalf at his criminal trial.
The estate is using the anniversary of Jackson's death to celebrate and accentuate Jackson's vast humanitarian work. It called on fans to honour Jackson's memory by engaging in charitable acts "whether it's planting a tree, volunteering at a shelter, cleaning up a public space or helping someone who is lost find their way. ... This is how we honour Michael," the statement read.