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Two days after the death of Michael Jackson, the family of the pop superstar thanked his fans for their condolences and support in "one of the darkest moments of our lives."

"Please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you," family patriarch Joseph Jackson said in a statement to People magazine obtained by CNN.

"Continue to spread his message, because that is what he would want you to do. Carry on, so his legacy will live forever," the statement told fans. Read full article »

CNN's Ted Rowlands contributed to this report

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