Michael Jackson's nephew, Austin Brown shared a throwback photo that reminded him of how his parents used to be as he remembered his late father on his birthday.
Rebbie Jackson’s son, Austin Brown commemorated his late father’s birthday with a throwback photo and a special message.
Rebbie’s husband, Nathaniel Brown died in 2013 after battling cancer. He would have been 71 this year. Their son, Austin, remembered Nathaniel on his birthday by sharing an old photo of his parents which reminded him of how they always used to be.
Rebbie Jackson at the red carpet of the 2013 BET Awards. | Photo: Getty Images
The photo featured a smiling Rebbie with loosely tied hair sitting on her husband whose arms lovingly encircle her. “This picture is how I’ll always remember him right beside my mother always,” Austin wrote to caption the sentimental pic. “Such a good man you are missed pop,” he added.
Austin spoke fondly of his famous uncle, Michael Jackson who practically grew up under the care of Rebbie, the eldest among the Jackson siblings.
Rebbie and Nathaniel married in 1968 and stayed that way until Nathaniel’s death. They have three children including two daughters, Stacee and Yashi. Austin is their youngest and only son.
The 34-year-old Austin has ventured into music like his mother and her famous musical family. However, unlike his family who specialized in soul music, Austin's work leaned on pop, R&B, and even country.
He debuted his music in 2011 with his song, “All I Need.” He has collaborated with Pharrell Williams and Cory Rooney, among others, and boasts of 5 albums to date.
Austin spoke fondly of his famous uncle, Michael Jackson who practically grew up under the care of Rebbie, the eldest among the Jackson siblings. Austin credits Michael for teaching him the basics of a song. He shared with US Weekly that Michael would break down songs in order to educate him about structure.
“He wanted to teach me how things came together, how to portray my voice and where music came from,” Austin said.
Michael Jackson at a press conference before his "HIStory" world tour in 1996. | Photo: Getty Images
But apart from his love for music, Austin was especially proud of his uncle for his generosity. “The most important lesson that he showed us was charity and giving back,” he offered.
Michael’s legacy was indeed not just encrusted in his music but more so in his humanitarian efforts. In fact, he was hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most philanthropic pop star in history. He donated approximately $300 million to charity during his lifetime.
To this day, Michael’s estate continues to expand that legacy by making donations on the late star’s behalf. More recently, the estate pledged to donate $300,000 to provide help to communities affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.
The donation will reportedly be divided between sectors close to Michael's heart. This includes Broadway via Broadway Cares, the music industry represented by MusiCares, and Las Vegas through the Three Square food bank.