[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/28/art.mjbyesign0628.gi.jpg caption="President Obama has written a letter to Michael Jackson's family, an Obama adviser said Sunday morning."]
(CNN) - President Barack Obama has written to the family of Michael Jackson rather than making a public statement, his senior adviser said Sunday.
Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Obama adviser David Axelrod said Obama believes Jackson was "an important and magnificent performer" who made an undeniable impact on music and entertainment.
Asked why Obama had yet to speak publicly about Jackson's sudden death last week at age 50, Axelrod said: "The president has written the family and has shared his feelings with the family."
"He felt that was the appropriate way to go," Axelrod said.
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