Jackson Five star Tito Jackson has paid an emotional tribute to his “brother” David Gest, who died suddenly in London on Tuesday.
“He was a lot of fun. Always joyful. Always the jokester. David shared some good times with us. We enjoyed David very much.”
David Gest and Tito Jackson in 2011
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Gest was discovered in his room at the Four Seasons Hotel in London just after 10 a.m. on Tuesday. Scotland Yard released a statement shortly afterwards describing his death as “unexplained” but “non-suspicious at this stage.” Full details will be released after a full postmortem has been completed.
“They had known each other since, I would say, 1970 and they were very close friends,” Tito Jackson said of his brother’s friendship with Gest.
“They spent a lot of time together as well. They shared a lot of movies together and playgrounds and things of that nature. So they had a very bonded relationship.”
“David started out in showbusiness in the ’70s as a publicist. He started out as the publicist for, I believe it was Michael McDonald, and then the Jacksons as well, Al Green… And also he was known for giving the parties, galas, things of that nature.
“He was known by just about every star, just about. Everybody loves David Gest, Everybody knows David Gest.”