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Jackson brother’s final public tribute to Michael Jackson

When it came to the Jackson family speaking at the Michael Jackson Memorial Service, it was Jermaine who spoke first;

“I’m lost for words, I was his voice, his backbone. I had his back, so does the family. We thank you very much,”

Jermaine Jackson – brother

Then Marlon Jackson spoke:

“I hurt. I stand here trying to find words of comfort and solace… trying to understand why the lord has taken our brother to return home from such a short visit here on earth. When you left us, a part of me went with you and a part of you will live forever within me, but also… within all of us.

Michael, I will treasure the good times, the fun we had, singing, dancing, laughing. I can remember we would come home from school and grab a bite to eat and we would try to watch ‘The Three Stooges’, and mother would come in and say it was time to go to the recording studio.”

Marlon also said:

“I also remember a time Michael, when I went into the record store and there was this man purchasing a lot of CDs. He was an old gentleman, short afro, buck-crooked teeth and his clothes were rumpled. I walked up behind him and said ‘Michael, what are you doing in this store?’ and he turned to me and said ‘Marlon, how did you know it was me?’ I told him ’You’re my brother, regardless of your makeup. I know your walk, I know your body language, and the shoes did not help. Michael wore the same shoes wherever we went but I guess that was his way of trying to experience what we take for granted.

We would never ever understand what he endured. Not being able to walk across the street without a crowd gathering around him. Being judged, ridiculed, how much pain can one take? Maybe now Michael they will leave you alone.

Michael I love you, I will miss when we said our goodbyes. I would hug you and say I love you and your response was ‘I love you more’.

You have finished your work here on earth and the lord has called you to come home to him… I have one request Michael, I would like for you to give our brother, my twin brother, Brandon, a hug from me. I love you Michael and I’ll miss you.”

Marlon Jackson – brother

The family’s speech was completed by Michael’s daughter Paris:

Michael Jackson's siblings, from left, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Janet Jackson, LaToya Jackson and children Paris and Prince Michael Jackson stand on the stage at the memorial.

Michael Jackson's siblings, from left, Tito Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Janet Jackson, LaToya Jackson and children Paris and Prince Michael Jackson stand on the stage at the memorial.

Paris Jackson’s emotional close to the Michael Jackson Memorial Service

In what was one of the more poignant moments of the Michael Jackson Memorial Service, his 11-year-old daughter Paris closed out the Jackson family’s tributes;

“I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine! I just wanted to say I love him so much.”

Paris Michael Katherine Jackson – Michael Jackson’s daughter

Paris Michael Katherine Jackson addresses the crowd at the Michael Jackson public memorial July 7 2009

Paris Michael Katherine Jackson addresses the crowd at the Michael Jackson public memorial July 7 2009

Janet Jackson expresses the family’s grief at the loss of Michael Jackson at the BET awards

“My entire family wanted to be here tonight but it was too painful.

To you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family and he will forever live in our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself thank you for your love and support. We miss him so much. Thank you so much.”

Janet Jackson – sister, singer

Joseph Jackson’s thoughts on his son Michael Jackson’s death

“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.

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.”

In addition, Joseph Jackson wishes to personally convey: “My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson.”


Joseph Jackson
– Michael’s father on behalf of the Jackson Family (statement issued through People magazine.)

Joseph Jackson and Michael Jackson

Joseph Jackson and Michael Jackson