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Diana Ross -- 'My Heart is Hurting'

6/26/2009 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Diana Ross, the woman instrumental in launching the Jackson 5 into superstardom, has just released a statement about Michael Jackson's passing.

Diana Ross and Michael Jackson

"I can't stop crying, this is too sudden and shocking. I am unable to imagine this. My heart is hurting. I am in prayer for his kids and the family."

The Jackson 5's first album was titled "Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5."

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