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Jesse Jackson: 'So many unanswered questions' about Michael Jackson's death

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he supported Michael Jackson family's decision to have a second, independent autopsy performed on the pop star, and he's offered his support to family members as they mourn the pop star's death.

 "It's very painful. I miss him very much," the civil rights leader said in a telephone interview with The Times on Sunday.

Jackson said he wouldn't discuss details of his talks with Joe and Katherine Jackson but said, "I certainly was supportive of the idea that they have an independent autopsy … because there are so many unanswered questions." 

Jackson said he chose to appear on television to talk about what was happening because "we support their efforts to get clarity." "All of us who are concerned have our opinions," Jackson said. "It's very simple;  they (Michael Jackson's family) deserve to know what happened."

He said he first met Michael Jackson when the young singer was about 8 years old. Rev. Jackson said that after he heard about Michael Jackson's death, he called the family and then flew from Chicago to meet with Joe and Katherine Jackson early Friday morning in Encino.

 He said that he did not meet with the whole family. 

"We reflected," Jackson said of the visit. "During this period of grief, people of faith must lean on their faith during times of crisis."

 He said he thinks the redemptive moment of Michael Jackson's death was "the huge global response." "From Tokyo to Bucharest to Harlem, the whole world rejoicing. Michael knocked the Iranian revolution off the front page," Jackson said. 

--Ari B. Bloomekatz
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Yeah, unanswered questions like "I wonder how much money and publicity I can get by yet again interjecting myself as some weird defacto representative of whoever will listen....especially since my best days as a race hustler are drawing to a close."


RIP MJ....I can't believe he's gone...

Things are so suspicious...no one knows what happened..I hope for his friends and family's sake the autopsy will clear things up and bring closure..


Is this some kind of joke? Jesse Jackson unravelling his carpet-bagging once more and some media group is covering him. I thought Jesse was busy figuring out how to castrate our president or ruining his son's career. Rev. Devil Jesse has no conscience. Hey Rev...How old is your secretaries baby these days you thief? Has MLK's blood dried on your shirt yet? And how do you convince your wife not to divorce you Rev. Dev?

Joe Jackson and family are simply the head and not the tail,please do not allow these things to rest,you know jealousy is cruel than the grave,and the love of money is the root of all evil,not money,but the love of money.now put Michael and your family to rest by not letting things go unfinished.Peace

If they can bind the strong man, you see Joe Jackson is the strong man in the family,thats why he has encountered so much opposition with and in his family,but God always has the last word.someone has blood on their hands and my God shall surely pay.so get up strong man,and fight to bring rest to Michael and your house again,80 years old now,and then your living shall not be in vain,give the rest of the family their swords,because now is the time.If Michael could see now he would forgive and fight with you against these murders in Jesus name boldly.


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