Los Angeles, Calif.-In a short, yet moving message issued to People magazine, the Jackson family thanks all the fans who loved the King of Pop until the end of his life.
“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,” writes Michael’s father, Joe Jackson. “It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times.”
“We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words,” he continues. “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- who Michael loved so much. Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on 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.”
“My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson,” Joe Jackson concludes, in reference to Michael’s children, Prince Michael Joseph, 12; Paris Michael Katherine, 11; and Michael Jackson II, 7, also known as Blanket.
Funeral plans for the late pop icon have yet to be released. The whole Jackson clan are said to be at the family’s Encino residence to mourn for the King of Pop.