Tito Jackson has paid tribute to David Gest after the reality star's shock death. David was found dead in his hotel room yesterday (April 12th, 2016) and his childhood friend Tito Jackson has opened up about his lifelong friend. "David was more like a brother to the family," he told Good Morning Britain. "He was always fun, always joyful. He shared some good times with us." Speaking about David's close friendship with Michael Jackson, Tito added: "They were very close friends, they spent a lot of time together as well. They had a very abundant relationship." He added: "He carried himself as a celebrity back in the day."
It was revealed yesterday that David's final interview saw him talk about the delight he felt about reuniting the Jackson 5. Music producer Gest grew up with the Jackson brothers in California, and was close friends with the family. Opening up about their bond in a radio interview with Compass FM in Grimsby, he recalled the moment he called Michael to ask him to perform with his brothers once again. David with his good friend Michael Jackson "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. "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. Read more: David Gest was 'strung out' on sleeping pills before his tragic hotel room death Read more: David Gest to be buried in York as star revealed last wishes weeks before sudden death "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." He continued: "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. PADavid GestThe producer appeared on a number of reality TV shows "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 2001 television special was the highest rated in history.
David was married to Liza Minnelli from 2002-2003, but they only officially divorced in 2007. They were married in a star-studded ceremony with Michael Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honour.