Michael Jackson's Son Prince Remembers Late Star on 15th Anniversary of His Death: 'World Felt Better with You in It'

Michael Jackson's brothers Tito and Jackie also paid tribute to the star with poignant Instagram posts

<p>Leon Bennett/Getty, Carlo Allegri/Getty</p> Prince Jackson, Michael Jackson

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Prince Jackson, Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson’s family members, including his brothers and son Prince, are paying tribute to the King of Pop on the 15th anniversary of his death.

The “Thriller” singer died on June 25, 2009 at age 50 — and more than a decade later, his son Prince, 27, shared a photo to his Instagram story that featured his dad smiling while performing with children during the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show in 1993.

“Miss you pops,” Prince, who was just 12 when he lost his dad, wrote atop the photo. “The world felt better with you in it.”

Jackson’s oldest brother Jackie, 73, also shared an image to Instagram that featured him singing with his younger brother in the early days of their career.

<p>Prince Jackson/Instagram</p>

Prince Jackson/Instagram

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"Hard to believe it's been 15 years without you ❤️‍🩹 We miss you everyday 🕊️," Jackie captioned his post.

The siblings’ brother Tito, 70, shared a simple black and white portrait of the superstar, and added the hashtags “15 years without Michael Jackson,” “Gone too soon,” “Always in our hearts,” “Miss you much,” “MJ4ever” and “No words.”

Tito’s son TJ, 45, also paid tribute to his late uncle with an Instagram caption that read, “I miss you so much Uncle Michael. Thank you for all you did for me. I will always feel like the luckiest nephew to have you as an eternal source of strength, guidance and love. I love you forever.”

Jackson — who would be 65 — died of cardiac arrest caused by a fatal combination of drugs, and his doctor Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011.

A musical biopic starring his nephew Jaafar Jackson, 27, is currently in the works from director Antoine Fuqua.

The 13-time Grammy winner shared Prince and daughter Paris, 26, with ex-wife Debbie Rowe, and was also dad to son Bigi, 22.

In 2022, Prince opened up about his dad’s legacy, telling PEOPLE that he thinks about him “every day.”

“There are a lot of complexities in life that I feel parents teach their children [about], so without that, there’s come confusion there,” he said. “And also, it’s a big legacy to uphold, you know? It would be great if I knew how he would like it to be upheld. So, in that way, I think about him every day.”

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<p>Alan Chapman/Dave Benett/Getty</p> Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson and Bigi Jackson in London in March 2024

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Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson and Bigi Jackson in London in March 2024

Prince also said that he regularly listens to his father’s music, as it contains “so much of his personality.”

In March, all three Jackson siblings made a rare red carpet appearance together to honor their dad at a London preview of MJ: The Musical.

"We have such a close relationship, and because I'm the oldest, my father would always tell me I have to make sure the group is taken care of, and that I have to kind of be the leader and lead by example," Prince said in a 2021 interview with Good Morning Britain. "But after his passing and kind of us being thrown into the 'real world,' my siblings honestly, they picked up the slack that I unfortunately left behind."

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