Michael Jackson’s Estate Issues Statement On 10th Anniversary Of Singer’s Death
The estate of Michael Jackson has released a statement on the singer's everlasting impact on the 10-year anniversary of his death. “Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian,” the statement starts. “The entire global community joined in grieving during a powerful and emotional memorial service witnessed by more people than had ever viewed a live event before.”
Jackson passed away on June 25th, 2009 from acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication as he planned to make comeback with his "This Is It" residency at London's O2 Arena. Ultimately, the footage from rehearsals was compiled into the This Is It concert documentary. "United in grief, the world wept not only at the loss of an artistic genius but at the void left by the loss of a father, son and brother,” the statement continues. “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. But the true measure of Michael was his giving to others which came in many forms.”
Jackson's estate continues to detail his philanthropic work, citing that he held the Guinness World Record for "Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star." To honor the singer, they asked that everyone tries to make a difference whether it's planting a tree or volunteering at a shelter.
The statement had no mention of any of the current controversy surrounding Jackson's legacy. Earlier this year, sexual molestation allegations resurfaced following the release of Leaving Neverland. The documentary explored the allegations made by James Safechuck and Wade Robson who claimed that the singer acted inappropriately with them when they were underage.
Read the full statement below.
Ten years ago today, the world lost a gifted artist and extraordinary humanitarian. The entire global community joined in grieving during a powerful and emotional memorial service witnessed by more people than had ever viewed a live event before. Messages of condolences from Nelson Mandela and others were read as was a poem written for the occasion by the esteemed Maya Angelou. Berry Gordy Jr., founder of Motown, eulogized his protégé by saying, “…the King of Pop is not big enough for him. I think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived.” United in grief, the world wept not only at the loss of an artistic genius but at the void left by the loss of a father, son and brother.
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. But the true measure of Michael was his giving to others which came in many forms. He comforted the unfortunate at hospitals, in long term care facilities and at halfway houses. He equipped Neverland Ranch with medical facilities to accommodate patients seeking refuge from their lonely hospital rooms, and thousands came. He visited troops on bases around the world serving their country. Guinness World Records acknowledged his efforts with an award for Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star.
In a world where numbers are the measure of a man, Michael Jackson is a resounding success, whether by his 16 #1 singles and 8 #1 albums in the US or the fact that his album Thriller is owned by more people on the planet than any album ever made and Thriller the short film is the only music video to have been inducted into the National Film Registry. And when mastery of a craft is the measure, Michael Jackson’s divine abilities remain the yardstick by which others are measured and against which today’s masters still measure themselves.
But we best remember Michael by paying tribute to his legacy of philanthropic work and ask music fans everywhere to make a difference in their community - whether it’s planting a tree, volunteering at a shelter, cleaning up a public space or helping someone who is lost find their way. “I believe each person can make a difference in the life of someone in need,” he said. This is how we honor Michael.
– The Estate Of Michael Jackson