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Jackson Kids Get Standing Ovation at Memorial

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Jul 07, 2009 | 10:20am EDT

Michael Jackson's three children were given a standing ovation at the late King of Pop's memorial service in Los Angeles on Tuesday as civil rights leader and Jackson family friend Rev. Al Sharpton assured them their father wasn't "strange."

Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II were sitting among the family in the front row of the Staples Center tribute show — yards from their father's coffin as Sharpton addressed them directly during a stirring speech.

He stated, "I want his three children to know (there) wasn't nothing strange about your dad; it was strange what your daddy had to deal with."

Sharpton had to pause as the gathered 18,000 family members, friends and fans stood to applaud the kids.

Jackson's youngest son, also known as Blanket, had many in tears as he also stood, clutching a copy of the memorial's programm.

Sharpton continued, "He dealt with it anyway."

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