‘I love you daddy!’ Michael Jackson’s children

Michael Jackson’s children celebrate his 54th birthday in his hometown 
If things had been different Paris Jackson and her siblings would have spent today helping their beloved father celebrate his 54th birthday.

But three years on from Michael Jackson’s tragic death they instead remembered him with a trip to his hometown of Gary, Indiana.

Paris tweeted a picture of herself next to one of her father, writing: ‘Happy birthday daddy. I love you with all my heart, always and forever<33.’

Beat it! Prince Michael Jackson I and Paris Jackson return to their father's hometown of Gary, Indiana as they mark his 54th birthdayBeat it! Prince Michael Jackson I and Paris Jackson return to their father’s hometown of Gary, Indiana as they mark his 54th birthday

Prince and Blanket
Paris

Vigil: Blanket, Prince and Paris joined their extended family for the four-day celebration

Paris spent the day with her brothers Prince, 15, and Blanket, 10, on a family trip to the music legend’s boyhood home in Gary, Indiana.

They were joined there by their aunt La Toya Jackson and the trio’s co-guardians, grandmother Katherine Jackson and their cousin TJ Jackson.

A candlelight tribute to the Beat It hitmaker – who died in June 2009 aged 50 – was held outside his boyhood home later in the day at 2300 Jackson Street.

I love Gary! Prince and Paris celebrate their father's hometown on their visit to Gary, IndianaI love Gary! Prince and Paris celebrate their father’s hometown on their visit to Gary, Indiana

I love you daddy! Paris shared this treasured picture of her and Michael Jackson as she and her siblings celebrated his 54th birthday todayI love you daddy! Paris shared this picture of herself next to one of Michael Jackson as she and her siblings celebrated his 54th birthday today

Fans danced to Jackson’s music prior to the arrival of his children and mother at the house where the King of Pop, his siblings and their parents lived until 1969.

In the days after Jackson’s death in 2009, the singer’s admirers piled stuffed animals, flowers and photos outside the tiny home.

Among those at the Wednesday night vigil was Andrei Tejada, 32, a Chicago veterinary technician student who said she was pleased that Jackson’s relatives were attending the event.

Family together: Jackson matriarch Katherine and daughter LaToya, also seen yesterday. The family are planning a four-day tribute starting tonight (Wednesday)Family together: Jackson matriarch Katherine and daughter LaToya, also seen yesterday. The family are planning a four-day tribute starting tonight (Wednesday)
Quality time: On Monday the children went to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Indiana, Prince Michael and Paris seen here on a ride
Quality time: On Monday the children went to Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Indiana, Prince Michael and Paris seen here on a ride’They still remember where they started, and it shows they appreciate where they started. It’s a humbling experience to know they are here,’ said Tejada, who said she visits the Jackson childhood home once a month.It comes as part of a four-day tribute to the singer, entitled ‘Goin’ Back to Indiana: Can You Feel It’, which will take place from today until Saturday.

Paying their respects: These fans gathered at Michael's gravesite in Los AngelesPaying their respects: These fans gathered at Michael’s gravesite in Los Angeles
Happy birthday! Joining Michael's family were fans from around the world, who arrived with floral tributes as they gathered at his childhood home Happy birthday! Paying tribute to Michael were fans from around the world, who arrived with floral tributes
Still remembered: Three years after his death, Michael's music till moves manyStill remembered: Three years after his death, Michael’s music moves many

Other planned events include a baseball game at the home of Indiana’s Gary SouthShore RailCats tomorrow, where Michael’s children are expected to throw the first pitch and receive honourary team kits.

Karen Freeman-Wilson, the Mayor of Gary, will host a special dinner on Friday to commemorate the life of the King of Pop as well as honour Michael’s mother Katherine, and a tribute concert will take place on Saturday at the local West Side Theatre Guild.

Aside from two concerts the Jackson 5 played at West Side High School in 1971, the only time the singer returned to his hometown was in 2003, when plans for a Michael Jackson Performing Arts Center in the city’s downtown were announced. It was never built.

Remembering Jackson: RaVaughn Brown, Ne-Yo, and Adrienne Bailon attend the Pepsi/Billboard Summer Beats concert celebrating Michael at Gotham Hall in New York Remembering Jackson: RaVaughn Brown, Ne-Yo, and Adrienne Bailon attend the Pepsi/Billboard Summer Beats concert celebrating Michael at Gotham Hall in New York

‘Gary, you are family, you always will be, I love you,’ Jackson said at the time.

Michael died from acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009, and his personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray is currently serving a jail sentence for the singer’s involuntary manslaughter.

Elsewhere Jackson was remembered with a concert at Gotham Hall in New York.

The Summer Beats concert was attended by stars including Swizz Beatz, DJ Cassidy, and Ne-Yo.

Melanie Fiona
Adrienne Bailon

Honouring Jackson: Melanie Fiona and Adrienne Bailon were among the guests at the Jacko tribute

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2195469/Michael-Jacksons-birthday-Paris-Jackson-tweets-I-love-daddy-celebrates-hometown-Gary-Indiana.html#ixzz252tpP19E

Michael Jackson fans flock to Gary: ‘This is where it all began’

The crowd of Michael Jackson fans began forming Wednesday morning outside the tiny Gary, Ind., home where the King of Pop was born 54 years ago, an annual vigil that has grown each year since the entertainer’s death three years ago.

By Wednesday night a throng of several hundred milled in front of a temporary stage at 2300 Jackson St., peering into the fenced yard at distant Jackson relatives and intimates on the lawn.

“This is where it all began,” said Carlo Riley, a Jackson devotee from Denver who wore a futuristic, military-style uniform that mimicked Jackson’s late-1980s “Bad” fashion sensibility. “I’m actually surprised there are not more people here. If this were Germany, or anywhere else in the world, people would have been camped out here for days.”

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-29/entertainment/chi-michael-jackson-fans-flock-to-gary-this-is-where-it-all-began-20120829_1_katherine-jackson-rudy-clay-carlo-riley

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