News: Jackson Family Releases Statement To Fans, "Michael Would Not Want Us To Give Up Now"

Sunday, Jun 28, 2009 12:05AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Days following the unexpected passing of Michael Jackson, the iconic singer's family has released a statement to fans.

In the statement, his family expresses their sorrow and shared reaction to millions of fans across the world.

"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," it reads. "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. 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 -- 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." (People Magazine)

The singer's father also released a statement regarding his son's passing.

"My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson." (Pop Crunch)

In addition to the global support from fans, Reverend Al Sharpton has teamed with Harlem, New York's Apollo Theater for multiple tribute-based events next week.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009: Beginning at 2:00 p.m. Press Statement under the Apollo Marquee by Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network and Jonelle Procope, President & CEO of the Apollo Theater. 5:26 p.m. (EST) Reverend Sharpton will lead a moment of silence and deliver a farewell message inside the theater. Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Reverend Sharpton will kick-off the evening's Apollo Amateur Night featuring Special Tributes to the King of Pop. Reverend Sharpton and the Apollo also have plans to do a star-studded tribute to Mr. Jackson later in the month of July. Details will be announced in the near future. (Press Release)

Akon recently spoke on the singer's death and revealed his disbelief.

"I couldn't believe it," he said in an interview. "Even now, I'm completely confused, because Michael is just one of the healthiest people that I know. He was pressuring me to stay healthy, like, 'Akon eat right. What are you doing out there on the road? Are you eating? Are you exercising? Are you drinking a lot of water?' He felt like nothing could be accomplished in life if you're not healthy...I thought he was completely healthy from what I've seen, just a lot of people never got close enough to Mike to even know. It's always speculation. It was never them actually knowing." (Billboard)

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