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Jackson's daughter speaks at memorial

Los Angeles -- Michael Jackson's heartbroken 11-year-old daughter described the late pop star as the "best father" at his memorial service in Los Angeles Tuesday.

The singer's three children were seldom seen in public without masks or disguises during his lifetime.

Paris, Jackson's middle child and only daughter, took the microphone at the end of his memorial at the Staples Center and tearfully told the assembled crowd: "Ever since I was born, my daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say I love him so much."

The child spoke from the stage above where the casket bearing her father's body stood.

Jackson is also survived by his 12-year-old son Prince Michael and 7-year-old son Prince Michael II.

Paris and Prince Michael were born during Jackson's brief marriage to Debbie Rowe. The children reportedly have not had a close relationship with Rowe in recent years and Jackson's mother Katherine has temporary custody of them, along with Jackson's youngest child, whose mother has not been publicly identified.

Michael Jackson died June 25 of cardiac arrest after a suspected prescription drug overdose. He was 50.

Copyright 2009 by United Press International.

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