La Toya pays tribute to Jackson
1:05pm Thursday 26th June 2014 in © Press Association 2014
La Toya Jackson has urged fans to carry out an act of kindness to mark the fifth anniversary of the King Of Pop Michael Jackson's death.
Michael, father to son Prince, 17, daughter Paris, 16, and 12-year-old son Blanket, died on June 25, 2009, at the age of just 50.
In a statement to ABC News, his sister La Toya Jackson, 58, said: "Five years ago today we all lost the most incredible father, brother, son and the most talented performer this world has ever known!
"If Michael were here today he would tell us all to celebrate his life and not to mourn his death. Michael was all about love and peace and in honour of my brother I ask you to please do something kind for someone today, and, blast and dance to all the beautiful music he left us all.
"I will spend this day celebrating his life by listening to his music, looking through old home photos, watching his videos and concerts. Michael I love you forever and if you were here today I know you would say, "I love you more!"
Sibling Jermaine Jackson, 59, said it was still a "difficult day".
"Hard to believe it's been five years...," he tweeted.
"The pain never eases. Michael's absence is still hard to take. But let's find comfort in happy memories & his music."
He tweeted: "However you are remembering Michael today, much love to you all on this difficult day #brother #father #uncle #son #artist #oneofakind.
"Play his music. Cry. Light candles. Lay flowers. Smile. Dance. Reminisce. Be still. Celebrate Michael's life #youarenotalone."
Lady Gaga also paid tribute, writing: "R I P Michael. We love you. Today the world and media will grieve your absence, and think deeply of how we could have treated you better."