On June 25, 2009, Janet says she was at home in New York when she first heard Michael was sick.
"I got a call from an assistant. She had said that there was something on TV about my brother being ill. So I immediately called home, and I was able to reach my sister La Toya, my nephew, Austin, and I think my brother, Jermaine, at the time," she says. "They were on their way to the hospital. I can't remember exactly who I wound up calling back, to see how things were going. That's when they told me he had passed."
To this day, Janet says it's still hard to believe Michael is gone. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about him," she says. "All of us in the family think about him every single day."