Like her father had done countless times before, Paris Jackson stepped to the microphone.
What followed at the star-studded public memorial for Michael Jackson was a heartbreaking tribute from a young girl millions of fans barely knew.
“Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine,” the 11-year-old said through tears, as relatives patted and comforted her. “And I just want to say, that I love him so much.”
The brief appearance on July 7, 2009, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center, was a surprise, given Paris, like her two brothers, had been shielded by their superstar father for most of their lives.
Only two weeks before, according to testimony in the 2011 trial of Michael Jackson’s physician, Paris saw her dying father lying on a bed with his eyes and mouth open.
She screamed out “Daddy!”
That trauma of losing a father was recalled Wednesday after Paris Jackson was rushed to a hospital after cutting one of her wrists, sources close to the family told CNN.
Paris called a suicide counseling hot line, which led to a counselor calling 911 to the Jackson home in Calabasas, California, the sources said. Other Jackson sources stopped short of calling the incident a suicide attempt, although one suggested it might be “a cry for help.”
“Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are,” attorney Perry Sanders said. “It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you.”
While either behind a mask as a small child or in the public eye as a teen, the aspiring actress has endured many ups and downs in her relatively few years.
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