Michael Jackson's daughter Paris cries for daddy
Jul 7, 2009, 20:41 GMT
Michael Jackson\'s sisters Janet Jackson (2-L) and LaToya Jackson (2-R at back) comfort two of his children Paris (2-R) and Prince Michael II (also known as Blanket) as actress Brooke Shields (L) during the public memorial service for Michael Jackson held at Staples Center on 07 July 2009 in Los Angeles, California. Jackson, 50, the iconic pop star, died at UCLA Medical Center after going into cardiac arrest at his rented home on June 25 in Los Angeles, California. EPA/GABRIEL BOUYS
Michael Jackson's daughter broke down in tears as she spoke of her love for him at his memorial service.
Paris - the late 'Thriller' star's second child - joined the late pop icon's siblings on stage at Los Angeles' Staples Center on Tuesday (07.07.09) to pay an emotional tribute to her father.
Paris, 11, said: "Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best daddy ever, and I just want to say I love him so much."
She was then escorted back to her seat by her aunt Janet Jackson with the rest of the family following as a picture of the young Jackson family appeared on a big screen and Michael's coffin was wheeled out of the venue.
The singer's brother Jermaine also spoke for his family, to thank those who attended.
He said: "On behalf of my family and friends I'd like to thank everyone for coming out. We thank you, that's all I can say, we thank you very much."
Michael's brother Marlon spoke about his deceased sibling's struggle to live a normal life while coping with his worldwide fame.
Marlon - who also referred to his twin brother Brandon, who was stillborn - said: "I stand here trying to find words of comfort... trying to find why the Lord has taken our brother after such a short time on Earth. Maybe now, Michael, they will leave you alone... you have finished your work here on Earth, and the Lord has called for you to come home with him... I have one request, Michael, one request. I would like for you to give our brother, my twin brother, Brandon, a hug from me."
Earlier, Smokey Robinson pledged that "his brother" Michael - who passed away from a suspected cardiac arrest last month, aged 50 -would live forever through his music.
He said: "My brother is in a place now where he is most certainly going to live forever. But he's going to live forever twice, because he's going to live forever right here - the world will never, ever forget Michael Jackson."
Prior to group performances of 'We Are The World' and 'Heal The World', Kenny Ortega - who was directing the 'This Is It' run of shows Michael was set to undertake in London from next week - Martin Luther King III and Bernice A. King also paid tribute to the King of Pop, while Usher and 12-year-old 'Britain's Got Talent' contestant Shaheen Jafargholi also performed.
The service ended with Lucious Smith making a final dedication to the singer - who is survived by three children, Paris, 12-year-old Prince Michael I and seven-year-old Prince Michael II, known as 'Blanket'.
Inviting mourners to pray, he said: "My prayer is that this will be more than a memorial to Michael Jackson but a remembrance of what he means to us."