But what should really mark the event is Michael Jackson's music. Whatever you think about his strange and sometimes plain wrong lifestyle decisions, there is no denying his contribution to the world of music. There's no denying the pleasure his music brought to millions and the influence he had on pop culture and music that followed.
Michael Jackson started performing before he was 5 years old and continued until only hours before his premature death at 50. So our tribute and celebration will be a couple of clips. One form his early years and one from the time when he dominated the charts and sold more records than anyone else.
Jackson's 14-year-old daughter, Paris, is among the many people who tweeted their respects on Monday.
“RIP Michael Jackson … Dad you will forever be in my heart <3 i love you,” she wrote.
On Wednesday, Paris posted a picture of MJ kissing ex-wife Debbie Rowe on the cheek, along with the caption, “mommy and daddy!<3″
Randy, the youngest of Jackson's siblings, wrote: “3 years ago on this June 25th, my brother passed. I will be at FL from 11am-1pm today to visit him.”
The King of Pop's older sister, La Toya, tweeted, “Sad morning All … this Day was the day that lead to the demise of my little brother. 'Michael We Love' May you RIP. Gone FAR To Soon.”
Justin Bieber was one of many artists posting about the late entertainer's legacy.
“RIP to the best that ever did it. RIP to the KING…RIP Michael Jackson. You will never be forgotten. #INSPIRATION,” Bieber tweeted.
While Wiz Khalifa wrote, “3 years ago today the world lost a legend. RIP Michael Jackson. Your music lives on for you. Thank you for everything!”
Jackson's death, on June 25, 2009, was caused by a combination of the anesthetic propofol and sedatives administered by Dr. Conrad Murray, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.
Murray has been in jail since he was sentenced to four years for involuntary manslaughter in November.
…More at Marking Michael Jackson's death
- Ryan O'Neal — Don't Forget About FARRAH FAWCETT!!!
- Randy Jackson — Emotional Visit to MJ's Tomb
- Lonely Paris misses 'mommy and daddy'
- Paris Jackson had normal childhood, despite masks
- Pop Prototypes: ’80s Acts That Inspired Today’s Chart Toppers
The article on Pop Prototypes is well worth a look.
If you want to pick up any of Michael Jackson's music video or memorobilia we have added some links below.