Two days after the shocking loss of their father, brother, and son, the Jackson came forward to thank the fans and the public for what has become overwhelming support. “In one of the darkest moments of our lives we find it hard to find the words appropriate to this sudden tragedy we all had to encounter. Our beloved son, brother and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times,” a statement released late Saturday. “We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words. But Michael would not want us to give up now. So we want to thank all of his faithful supporters and loyal fans worldwide, you â who Michael loved so much. Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you. Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever.” In addition to the aforementioned statement, Jackson family patriarch Joe Jackson commented on Michael’s three children. “My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson,” says Jackson. While memorial arrangements have not been confirmed at this time, sources close to the Apollo Theater in Harlem say some form of a tribute will take place early next week. Nearly a year ago the Jackson 5 were honored by BMI at its BMI Urban Awards in September (pictured). A tribute had been held at that ceremony honoring the legendary family, attended by Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine and sister Janet Jackson.
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