Jesse Jackson to Suicidal Michael Jackson Fans: Suck it Up

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Michael Jackson's death is sad, and it is tragic.

It is not, however, something that should traumatize his fans, nor is this the end of the world. The Rev. Jesse Jackson says this and we have to agree.

Amid reports that distraught fans of Michael are becoming suicidal, the friend of the music icon is urging fans to get it together and "keep hope alive."

"This is a time when hearts are heavy. There is great pain but great cause to celebrate Michael's life," Jesse Jackson says. "It made Michael happy saying 'We Are the World.' Don't self destruct. We fall down sometimes, we get back up."

"That's the right thing to do. In Michael Jackson's name, let's live together as brothers and sisters and not die apart as fools."

MJ'S LEGACY: Michael Jackson is survived by the children he raised (Arnold Klein was the biological father). Jesse Jackson wants us to honor the star, not kill ourselves.

According to the U.K.'s Sky News and Gary Taylor, president and owner of the fansite MJJCommunity, at least 12 ardent fans have committed or attempted suicide in the aftermath of the superstar's death at age 50 on Thursday afternoon.

Pavel Talalayev, a Russian MJ impersonator who underwent plastic surgery to look like his idol, was among the first to attempt to take his own life.

The Barcelona Reporter is reporting an additional fan death in Tunisia.

So watch the video below, suicidal Michael Jackson fans, and remember that while he may be gone from this life, he did not take your CD collection.

Play it. Dance badly to it. There is so much to live for.


Michael Jackson Biography

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Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
Gary, Indiana
Full Name
Michael Joseph Jackson