The Jackson Family Makes a Statement

As the world still sits in shocked awe over the death of Michael Jackson that happened on Thursday afternoon, no one can begin to imagine what it’s like in the Jackson household. Many of his family members and other people close to him, such as his doctor and even Michael himself, thought that this day was soon to come but it turned out being far, far too soon. Now, not only have LaToya, Janet, their dad Joseph Jackson, and all the other members of the Jackson family had to deal with their own grief but added to that, the responsibility of being the ones to tell Michael’s kids about the death of their father.

Through all of this, just days after Michael’s death, the family has issued a statement about the kind of person he was, and how grateful the family is for the support that has been shown. The statement comes from People,

“The Jackson family issued a statement Saturday, conveyed by family patriarch Joseph Jackson. In full, it reads:

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 & Family”

What the world, and more so his family, hoped would be a quick autopsy on Friday that would allow for the mourning and closure process to begin, has been delayed due to suspicions about prescription medication that Michael may have been taking. There have been different stories ranging from Michael being more doped up than his doctor had ever seen him the day of his death, and other stories that had Michael popping handfuls of prescription meds every day. And that he’d been doing so for several weeks prior to his death. Both of these stories seem that they could probably be true but all the official word is saying right now is that no cause of death can be determined and that additional tests need to be done. From US,

“Michael Jackson’s autopsy is complete, but the L.A. County Coronor’s Office says more tests are necessary to determine the official cause of death.
During a press conference this afternoon, Craig Harvey, the chief coronor investigator, said the cause of death was deferred because additional tissue studies and testing — including toxicology, neuropathology, pulmonary and others — must be completed. These tests should be completed in four to six weeks, he said. Once those are completed, the ongoing case can be closed.
Still, the autopsy, which took three hours to complete, revealed that Jackson’s body suffered no external trauma and there was “no indication of foul play,” Harvey said.

He added that Jackson, however, had been taking “some prescription medications” but could not confirm what those drugs were.
Although some reports claim Jackson may have overdosed on Demerol, Brian Oxman — who has served as the family’s attorney for more than 20 years — told Usmagazine.com he couldn’t comment on the types of medications Jackson was taking.

“It is something which is private to Michael, and we’ll have to wait for the toxicology reports before we jump to any kind of conclusions,” he said. “I only know that I warned that his day may come. And lo and behold, here we are.”

I always think it’s so unfortunate when such a sad thing can’t just be kept private and see a quick end. Obviously, it’s Michael Freakin Jackson and so the world is going to want to know what’s going on and I think the family fully understands that this was a man that touched so many lives. But I can’t imagine how much harder it makes it for them to grieve. And the fact that toxicology reports and such are still required is obviously something that nothing can be done about. But still, it would have been nice if the autopsy could have come back conclusive and the Jackson family could begin to move forward with their lives.

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