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During Rev. Al Sharpton’s moving speech, which celebrated Michael Jackson’s contribution to music, race-relations and his teachings of love and hope, he sent a powerful message to Jackson’s three children:

“There ain’t nothin’ strange about your daddy. It was strange what he had to deal with!”

The emphatic message comes on the heels of intense media scrutiny of the circumstances surrounding Michael Jackson’s death and the many unanswered questions about his historically unorthodox lifestyle.

Watch continued live coverage of his public memorial at L.A.’s Staples Center.