Janet Jackson speaks at BET Awards for first time following death of Michael Jackson

'Michael will live forever in our hearts,' says singer

Janet Jackson speaks at BET Awards for first time following death of Michael Jackson
Janet Jackson has spoken publically for the first time since the death of her brother Michael Jackson, who suffered a fatal heart attack on Thursday (June 25).

The singer appeared briefly at the BET Awards in Los Angeles last night (June 28), speaking on behalf of her whole family.

Watch her speech by clicking on the video below.

"My entire family wanted to be here tonight," she said, "but it was just too painful so they elected me to speak with all of you.

"I'd just like to say, to you, Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family. He will forever live in all of our hearts. On behalf of my family and myself thank you for all of your love. Thank you for all of your support, we miss him so much."

It is being reported in the UK tabloid press today (June 29) that a criminal investigation into Michael Jackson's death has been launched.

Read Michael Jackson's obituary on NME.COM now.

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