Michael Jackson, the 50 year old King of Pop, died yesterday after receiving an injection of Demerol. He is survived by three children, two of them with dermatologist nurse and former wife Debbie Rowe. FUNERAL PHOTOS HERE.
Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. was born in 1997. His sister Paris Michael Katherine Jackson arrived in 1998. Jackson divorced their mother in 1999, and the children remained with Jackson.
A third child Prince Michael Jackson II aka Blanket was born to a surrogate mother, with Jackson as the sperm donor, in 2002. He is reportedly confused about where his father has gone.
We are told that right now the three siblings are with Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson. It seems likely that the biological mother of Paris and Prince will attempt to regain custody of the children, and according to California law, she very well may pull it off. With an undisclosed inheritance awaiting the youngsters, one can safely predict that a court battle will be waged that could take years to resolve.
CUSTODY UPDATE: CNN is reporting that on Monday morning, June 29, Katherine Jackson petitioned the Los Angeles Probate Court for guardianship of her deceased son's three children. A hearing in the matter is set for August 3, 2009.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted Katherine Jackson temporary guardianship of the children, but did not act on her petition to become administrator of the children's estates (value unknown) or take control of Michael Jackson's estate. Debbie Rowe revealed on Thursday, July 2, that she will seek custody of the children - details here.
View photos of Debbie Rowe, Michael and the three children in our gallery below. Note that in many cases, the kids faces are obscured by veils and mardi gras type masks.
We have uncovered details about Michael Jackson's cardiologist, who was a full time employee at Holmby Hills. He's not the only one. It turns out Michael Jackson's dermatologist Arnold Klein may be the biological father of Jackson's two oldest children. Other reports indicate that Miami mobster and Jackson moneyman Al Malnik is the father of Blanket Jackson.