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Diana Ross on Michael Jackson's Memorial: 'I Am There in My Heart'

Entertainment Tonight, Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 12:32pm (PDT)

Diana Ross, longtime friend of the late Michael Jackson, is speaking out about the death of the pop icon and "trying to find closure" after his untimely passing.

Ross' statement in its entirety reads:

"I am trying to find closure, I want you to know that even though I am not there at the Staples Center. I am there in my heart. I have decided to pause and be silent. This feels right for me. Michael was a personal love of mine, a treasured part of my world, part of the fabric of my life in a way that I can't seem to find words to express.

"Michael wanted me to be there for his children, and I will be there if they ever they need me. I hope, today brings closure for all those who loved him. Thank you Katherine and Joe for sharing your son with the world and with me. I send my love and condolences to the Jackson family."

Keep checking back here for the latest coverage of Michael Jackson's public memorial.

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