Jermaine Jackson Says Michael's Children Saw Their Father's Dead Body
Posted on Thu Jul 2, 2009 10:21 AM PDT

jermainetalks200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Michael Jackson's older brother Jermaine told The Today Show's Matt Lauer this morning that Paris, Prince, and Prince II saw their father's dead body recently as part of the grieving process.

Lauer ventured to Neverland Ranch for the first interview with any Jackson family member since the death of Michael Jackson.

Jermaine talked about his mother Katherine's reaction the news of her son's death last week:

"She was crying, saying he was dead. And Matt, to hear my mother say, 'Michael is dead,' to feel and hear the tone in her voice to say her child is dead, is nothing that anyone can ever imagine... He went too soon. I wish that it was me. I've always felt that I was his backbone, someone to be there for him. I was there and he was sort of like Moses. The things he couldn't say, I would say them."

The elder Jackson also talked about the grieving process for the children, saying that a hospital therapist thought it best that Prince, Paris and "Blanket" see their father's dead body so they could understand what had happened.

"I know it's tough, but I think it was the best thing to do. At first I was against it, but what do you say if you don't show them?"

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