Describing Michael Jackson's sudden death as "one of the darkest moments", the pop star's family has thanked his fans across the globe in their first reaction since the tragedy.
"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," read a statement conveyed by Jackson's father Joseph to People magazine.
Singer's family has already expressed their frustration over the questions surrounding Jackson's death and
his last moments.
"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."
Fans have been visiting Jackson's fantasy-themed 'Neverland' ranch with messages, teddy bears, flowers, cards
and candles to pay their tribute to the late star.