Jermaine Jackson: Michael Went Too Soon

Jermaine Jackson went on the Today show this morning and shared his grief over his brother's death with the world.

"He went too soon," said Jermaine, of Michael Jackson, who passed away last week at 50. "I wish that it was me. I've always felt that I was his backbone, someone to be there for him. I was there and he was sort of like Moses. The things he couldn't say, I would say them."

Jermaine described what it was like to get the news from his devastated mother, Katherine.

"She was crying, saying he was dead. To hear my mother say, 'Michael is dead,' to feel and hear the tone in her voice to say her child is dead, is nothing that anyone can ever imagine," Jermaine explained to Matt Lauer.

"I tried to console her," he went on, "but I wanted to see Michael and I wanted to see my brother. To see him there lifeless and breathless was very emotional for me. But I held myself together because I knew he's very much alive in his spirit, and that was just a shell. But I kissed him on his forehead, and I hugged him, and I touched him and I said Michael, 'I'll never leave you. You'll never leave me.'"

Michael's children got to say goodbye to their dad, as well.

"I know it's tough, but I think it was the best thing to do. At first I was against it, but what do you say if you don't show them?" Jermaine said of the decision to let them see his body.

As for the rumors of Michael's possible drug use, Jermaine says that he would "be hurt" if they turned out to be true "because Michael has always been a person who was against anything like that."

But he also doesn't think it's impossible. "I'm not saying it's right, because it's not right," Jermaine said of the drug talk. "But in this business, the pressure, and things that you go through -- you never know what people might turn to."

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