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He wrote that the family is still raw from Michael Jackson’s death, and his mother has endured incredible stress and pressures since then.

Another party to the Jackson family drama, singer Diana Ross, who was named by Michael Jackson in his will as a potential guardian of the children if Katherine Jackson was not available, issued a statement saying the recent turmoil is a private matter and shouldn’t be playing out publicly.

Ross and Jackson were longtime friends before his death in 2009.

Ross, who lives on the East Coast, came to California to visit with the Jackson family on Wednesday, Katherine Jackson’s lawyer said, adding the singer supports the co-guardianship arrangement.

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AP Entertainment Writer Anthony McCartney contributed to this story.