Michael Jackson‘s father, Joe Jackson, reportedly suffered a stroke Thursday morning and is being treated at an unidentified hospital. The Joe Jackson stroke occurred Thursday morning and was allegedly “mild” enough that he is allegedly expected to be released on Friday.
According to a source close to the family, the Joe Jackson stroke was similar to others he has dealt with in the past, CNN reports. Joe Jackson is allegedly in “good spirits” according to the source. FoxNews.com reports the Jackson family patriarch is currently listed in serious condition. This brings the Joe Jackson stroke total up to at least three in the past five years, according to CNN.
Joe Jackson is still married to Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, but they are currently seperated and live in different cities. Joe Jackson resides in Las Vegas, while Katherine Jackson lives at the family compound in Calabasas, CA.
If you’re in Atlanta and have nothing better to do tomorrow night, you could always head down to the 22nd Annual Peach Drop New Year’s Eve Celebration and check out Tito Jackson performing for the crowd. Â Tito and his mother, Katherine Jackson, have been invited to do the countdown to 2011, and Tito will be singing a mixture of Jackson 5 hits and some songs from his new album.
The Peach Drop website advertises Tito as a “Rock & Roll Hall of Famer,” whichâ€¦ well, technically it’s true, but we all know they’re kind of pushing the definition there. Â In any case, it should be an interesting evening, and with any luck Katherine will manage to get through the evening without causing any controversy.
In latest chapter of the ever-continuing Michael Jackson blame game drama, Michael’s mother Katherine Jackson is now suing AEG Live, Michael Jackson’s promotor, for not holding up their contract obligations to look after the health and well-being of the King of Pop, whose death by overdose was ruled a homicide. Â Mrs. Jackson says that if AEG had properly vetted the doctors that were assigned to Michael’s care, someone might have gotten him proper medical treatment instead of just patching him up with enough drugs so that he could make it to the next rehearsal.
To me it’s crazy just how much finger-pointing is going on, especially considering that none of it is going to bring Michael Jackson back. Â The demise of Jackson was not something that happened overnight – his life was micromanaged from the time he was a small boy, and no one did anything to alleviate the immense stress of superstardom. Â Then when Jackson was old enough and wealthy enough, he made sure he was constantly surrounded by yes-men who would continue to enable the self-destructive behaviors he developed as a response to the pressure he could never escape from. Â This went on unimpeded for five decades, and it’s a bit late to be fighting about it now. Â Nonetheless, where there’s money to be had, let there be lawsuits
The family of Michael Jackson is outraged by Dr. Conrad Murray‘s not guilty plea to a charge of involuntary manslaughter in the death of the pop superstar. Murray pled not guilty to the charge he caused Michael Jackson’s death in court on Monday.
“He’s lying. He’s guilty. Nobody was there but him,” Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, said at a press conference following Dr. Conrad Murray’s arraignment on Monday. “He’s just trying to save his own behind… He killed him.”
Dr. Conrad Murray, who served as Michael Jackson’s personal physician before his death, faces up to four years in prison if convicted on the charge of involuntary manslaughter in the singer’s death. He was released after arraignment on $75,000 bail.
Both sister La Toya Jackson and father Joe Jackson have stated theyÂ think Dr. Conrad Murray wasn’t the only guilty party involved in Michael Jackson’s death, although the entire familyÂ believesÂ he was the primary hand behind the singer’s demise and should have faced heftier charges. Joe Jackson, in particular, has hinted repeatedly that some of the blame should fall on those pushingÂ Michael JacksonÂ toÂ commit to a grueling schedule for the ‘This Is It’ tour.
“There’s other people, I think, involved with this whole thing,” Joe Jackson said on CNN’s Larry King Live. “He was afraid to even do all of these shows [in his planned tour], because he was afraid that he wouldn’t get a chance to finish all of the shows,” Joe Jackson said. “He couldn’t do all those shows back-to-back. Even his kids say that he had told them that he would be murdered.”
Michael was murdered, and although he died at the hands of Dr. Conrad Murray, I believe Dr. Murray was a part of a much larger plan,” La Toya Jackson said in a press statement. “There are other individuals involved, and I will not rest and I will continue to fight until all of the proper individuals are brought forth and justice is served.”
A Los Angeles judge has given the go ahead for Columbia Pictures to develop a Michael Jackson movie. In a continuation of the Michael Jackson estate court hearing on Monday, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff approved the feature film deal brokered between Columbia, the Michael Jackson estate and AEG live.
The planned Michael Jackson film will feature live footage of Michael Jackson provided by concert promoter AEG Live, shot during his final rehearsals for his planned “This is It” comeback tour in London. Videos created for the tour may also be included in the film.
During the Michael Jackson estate court proceedings so far, Judge Beckloff has also granted his approval to other promotional deals featuring the late pop icon, including reprints of his autobiography, posters and other commemorative items.
Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, has been ordered not to reveal information about contracts between AEG Live and the estate. Jackson had requested she be allowed to talk about the contents of the contracts with “regulators or the LAPD,” according to OK Magazine. However, Judge Beckloff ruled Katherine Jackson did not have the right to share what she knows about the contract dealings without a court order.
Katherine Jackson, the mother of late pop icon Michael Jackson, was granted permanent guardianship of her sonâ€™s three children on Tuesday morning by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff. As previously negotiated with Jacksonâ€™s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, Katherine Jackson will have custody of Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket.
Debbie Rowe will receive visitation rights with Paris and Prince Michael, as well as monetary spousal support based on previous agreement with Michael Jackson before his death. An unspecified amount of allowance has also been granted to 79-year-old Katherine Jackson and Jacksonâ€™s children from the singerâ€™s estate.
Another major legal issue to be dealt with during Tuesdayâ€™s hearing is the big question of who will emerge with primary control of Michael Jacksonâ€™s estate. Currently, Jacksonâ€™s attorneyâ€™s John Branca and John McClain â€“ appointed as his estate executers by Jackson in his will – hold most of the reins of Jacksonâ€™s estate and assets.
Katherine Jackson may or may not challenge aspects of this arrangement in an attempt to gain further access to her late sonâ€™s fortune.
Branca and McClain are also expected to ask for additional leeway to broker deals to promote Michael Jackson related products to bring in more cash flow to the estate.
Michael Jacksonâ€™s ex-wife Debbie Rowe has been granted visitation rights for the two children she birthed while she was with Jackson. While Jacksonâ€™s mother, Katherine Jackson, will retain custody of all of her grandchildren, Debbie Rowe will have full visitation rights with 12 year-old Prince Michael I and 11 year-old Paris Katherine. Rowe reportedly did not receive any money as part of the custody deal.
Michael Jackson requested that his mother be granted guardianship of his children after his death. Rowe abandoned her parental rights for the two eldest children in 2001, although she regained a portion of them several years later. Despite rumors that Rowe was prepared to â€œbattleâ€ for custody of her two birth-children, she is reportedly pleased with the final custody arrangements.
â€œI am encouraged by the way things are working out,â€ Rowe said in a radio interview with KNBC News on Thursday. The custody settlement will go before a judge for approval next week in Los Angeles. Rowe does not plan to attend. A child psychologist will be on hand during Roweâ€™s visits with the children and will be paid for by both Rowe and Katherine Jackson. Rowe reportedly asked for the psychologist to assist during her visits to help the children adjust to spending time with her.
â€œMrs. Jackson and the family are pleased this matter is resolved and was handled in a caring, thoughtful and courteous manner by the parties and their representatives,â€ Katherine Jacksonâ€™s attorneys said in a press statement.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Michael Jacksonâ€™s death continues. The release of Jacksonâ€™s autopsy results have been indefinitely delayed while police probe into the pop iconâ€™s medical history and drug use. The offices and home of Michael Jacksonâ€™s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, were searched under warrant earlier this week.
In warrants filed on Thursday to authorize a search of Murrayâ€™s office in Nevada, the documents stated there was probable cause Murray was excessively prescribing substances to a â€œdrug addictâ€ â€“ namely, Michael Jackson.