The Jackson family has reached out to fans following the loss of Michael Jackson at the age of 50 on Thursday.
“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,” Michael’s father, Joe Jackson, said in a statement on behalf of the Jackson family, according to People. “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,” the statement continued. “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.”
Finally, the Jacksons thanked fans for their support – and the impact that it has had on Michael’s children, Prince Michael Jackson, 12; Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11; and Prince Michael Jackson II, 7.
“My grandchildren are deeply moved by all the love and support you have shown for them and their father, Michael Jackson,” Joe Jackson concluded in the statement.
Funeral arrangements for the late star have not yet been announced. The Jackson clan, including Janet, are reportedly gathered in mourning at the family’s Encino home.