Tributes to Michael Jackson on the blogosphere by some of those who knew him intimately
Lisa Marie Presley, ex-wife
He knew how he’d die
He Knew. Years ago Michael and I were having a deep conversation about life in general. He may have been questioning me about the circumstances of my father’s death.
At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, “I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did.”
Fourteen years later I am sitting here watching the news. An ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds, the coverage, the hospital, the cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.
Billy Johnson Jr, LaST DJ to interview
The inimitable one
I never learned to do his moonwalk dance move, but like everyone else, I was blown away when I saw him unveil it on Motown’s famous 25th anniversary TV special in 1984.
I was too shy a kid to get one of the red-and-black stripped jackets like the one he wore in the Thriller video, but I thought it was cool. I did, however, have an afro Jheri curl in 1979, when Jackson released his album Off the Wall, which included jams like ‘Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough’ and ‘Workin’ Day and Night’. I was 10, and whenever the high-school girls on my block told me that I was cute and looked like Michael Jackson, I blushed and took it as a huge
Carrie Fisher, close friend a conventional daddy
Michael was one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever encountered. He was generous and polite. And where you might expect to see children that were pampered and spoiled, his children showed none of this. I saw Michael multiple times with his children and thought that he was a very good father. Not only based on seeing him with his children, but also based on his children themselves.
They are very well behaved, respectful children, who seemed content in his company. I doubt if Michael cooked for them or parented them in ways that might be considered conventional, but you could see how much he loved them and how much they loved him.