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David Gest Dead: Producer Remembers Michael Jackson In Final Interview, Aired Just Minutes Before Death Announced

The US producer turned reality star was found dead yesterday in London.

13/04/2016 00:40

David Gest's final interview was played out on a local radio station in the north of England, only minutes before his sudden death was announced yesterday afternoon. 

The US producer had pre-recorded a chat with Grimsby-based station Compass FM, in which he shared happily his memories of reuniting the Jackson 5, back in 2001. 

David had grown up in the Encino district of LA, with Michael Jackson and his siblings for neighbours and childhood friends. He told the radio station: 

"I was very fortunate to produce his last concert when I reunited him with the Jackson 5 in 2001 and I’ll tell you how that happened," he said.

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David had known Michael Jackson since childhood, when they were neighbours

"I was living in California and we were both living in a city called Encino and we lived about a few blocks from each other. I woke up and I heard 'The Love You Save' by The Jackson 5 - that was always my favourite Jackson 5 song.

"I thought I want to hear this live and I said I’m going to reunite them. So I called Michael and I said I’m going to do a concert and it will be your 30th anniversary in show business and we’ll reunite you - and he said no."

 "So I called his assistant Frank and I said you’ve got to help him talk me into this and we decided we’d take a trip to San Francisco, we’d go there for a few days and we’d go to this memorabilia show because Mike loved memorabilia and we convinced him on that trip to do it.

"And I’ll never forget when we went into rehearsal the first day and they started to sing 'The Love You Save' and I just looked at them and go, 'I can’t believe I’ve reunited The Jackson 5 and I’m actually doing a TV special and two live concerts.'

"It was incredible because they were my favourite group as a kid and I grew up with their music."

The televised special went on to become the highest-rated musical show in TV history.

 

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David Gest with two of the Jackson clan, Rebbie and Tito, in 2011

Even more poignantly, David also talked about his own upcoming tour, saying he was very excited to be back on the road, because he had thought he would never have the opportunity to do another tour, saying: 

David was found dead in his London hotel room yesterday, after security became concerned they hadn't seen their popular guest for two days, and broke into his suite. 

Friends have reported that the producer turned reality TV star had been battling a string of ailments over the last couple of years, for which he had been taking steroids, sleeping pills and other medication. Viewers of 'Celebrity Big Brother' had been concerned earlier in the year when he was forced to depart the show early on medical grounds, even though he had taken to social media soon afterwards to assure his followers he was on the mend. 

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