Today, Jackson family members and celebrities took to Twitter to honor Michael Jackson on the third anniversary of his death. Jackson died of cardiac arrest caused by an overdose of prescription drugs in his Los Angeles home on June 25, 2009 at the age of 50.
The initial news of Michael Jackson’s death caused the websites of, among others, the Los Angeles Times and TMZ to crash. Three years later, Twitter is seeing a resurgence of tweets for Jackson today, this time with #RIPMJ and #RIPMichaelJackson hashtags trending as users honor the late King of Pop.
Jackson’s daughter Paris, sister LaToya and brother Randy all honored him by tweeting their thoughts:
RIP Michael Jackson .. Dad you will forever be in my heart❤ i love you
— Paris Jackson (@ParisJackson) June 25, 2012
SadMorning 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.
— La Toya Jackson (@latoyajackson) June 25, 2012
3 years ago on this June 25th, my brother passed. I will be at FL from 11am-1pm today to visit him.
— Randy Jackson (@randyjackson8) June 25, 2012
Justin Bieber, who regularly cites Jackson as his biggest influence, tweeted his remembrance this morning:
RIP to the best that ever did it. RIP to the KING…RIP Michael Jackson. You will never be forgotten. #INSPIRATION
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) June 25, 2012
Fellow ’80s icon Paula Abdul posted a heartfelt quote with the hashtag #RIPMJ:
— The Real Paula Abdul (@PaulaAbdul) June 25, 2012
Even celebrities outside the music world honored Jackson today, with director Spike Lee taking to Twitter as well:
On This Day,June 25,In The Year Of Our Lord 2009 Michael Jackson Left Us In His Physical State.May The Almighty Continue To Bless Him.SHAMON
— Spike Lee (@SpikeLee) June 25, 2012
Conrad Murray, the doctor who administered Jackson’s fatal dose of hospital anesthetic propofol, is currently serving his four-year sentence in jail after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter last November.
– Nee-Sa Lossing, CBS Local