When I think of the Jackson family, the word normalcy doesn't come to mind. The Jacksons aren't like you and me: most of us wouldn't be able to function if our family member passed away under suspicious circumstances.

Here's what the Jackson family did over the weekend while the body of their son and brother lay in a morgue:

Mama Katherine Jackson went shopping at target (doesn't she have staff to do that?) It appears she stocked up on sleeping bags -- most likely for Jackson's adopted children who might be moving in with her permanently.

Papa Joe Jackson laughed it up with Jesse Jackson and friends outside the Encino, CA mansion where Michael and his siblings grew up.

And both Janet Jackson and Joe attended the BET Awards, where Joe made sure to promote his new record label while walking the red carpet (!)

Photo sources: Getty Images, X17online, ETonline.com

Dr. Conrad Murray, a cardiologist at the center of a police investigation into the sudden death of pop icon Michael Jackson, has hired a Houston attorney to represent him, according to MyFox Houston.

L.A. police are focusing their investigation on Murray who was with Jackson when he went into respiratory and cardiac arrest Thursday.

Police spoke briefly with Murray at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where the singer was pronounced dead at 2:26pm pst Thursday. But police want to conduct a second, more extensive interview with Murray who vanished from the hospital after Jackson was pronounced.

Emergency room personnel described a chaotic scene in the ER after Jackson arrived. Sources say Murray yelled, "We've got to save him!" and insisted upon continuing resuscitation efforts for more than an hour after Jackson had already died.

There are reports that Murray performed CPR on Jackson for a full 45 minutes before paramedics were called to Jackson's rented mansion in Holmby Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles. According to a spokesman for the L.A. Fire Dept., Jackson was in full cardiac arrest (no heart rhythm) and was not breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene.

Jackson family members told TMZ.com that Murray gave Jackson an injection of Demerol, a narcotic painkiller, at 11:30 am -- an hour before paramedics were called. Family members believe a potent cocktail of narcotic painkillers, including Demerol and OxyContin, caused his death.

Demerol, an opioid similar to morphine and heroin, is normally administered to post-op patients. One side effect of Demerol is suppression of breathing to the point where respirations are no longer adequate to sustain life.

According to transcripts of a 911 call placed from the residence, Murray performed CPR on Jackson while the stricken star lay in bed, as opposed to moving him to the floor which provides a more stable surface for chest compressions. Murray apparently didn't give Jackson an opioid antagonist, such as Narcan, that would have reversed the effects of a Demerol overdose.

Chances are Jackson would be alive today if he had received a dose of Narcan immediately upon the onset of symptoms such as respiratory distress, dangerously low blood pressure and sedation.

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This Sticky post is bumped from June 25, 2009 -- the day the world learned of the shocking news that pop icon Michael Jackson had passed away. It will remain at the top all day to commemorate the 1st anniversary of Michael's passing.

The post is untouched except for one added photo and the addition of a rare video of the Jackson 5 rehearsing for a concert in 1970. The comments are closed.


Michael Jackson fans all over the world are stunned at the news of pop legend Michael Jackson's death at the age of 50. I am not ashamed to admit I was a huge Michael Jackson fan for as long as I can remember.

As kids in 1974, my youngest brother and me were lucky enough to meet the legend up close and even dance with him in Miami, Florida.

I had a feeling Michael would die young because of all the abuse he put his body through and the drugs he ingested over the years. Still, the news of Michael's untimely death came as a shock.

After the break, I posted my favorite photos of Michael Jackson, the way I want to remember him, before the surgeries and eccentric behavior.

All photos are courtesy of J5 Collector and MJsite.com.

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that's what TMZ.com is reporting. TMZ reports Jackson was picked up at his home in L.A. 30 minutes ago and paramedics performed CPR in the ambulance. Jackson's family members are reportedly rushing to his bedside. Let's hope this is just a rumor. Two icons dying on the same day would be too much.


Jackson's dad, Joe Jackson, tells TMZ.com Michael "is not doing well."

X17online.com is reporting Jackson has passed away. According to Steve Ruda of the L.A. Fire Department, Jackson was "not breathing" when paramedics arrived at his home.


First Lady Michelle Obama appears to be packing on the pounds in this photo taken on the South lawn of the White House today. Barack Obama's social secretary Desiree Rogers (with her back to the camera), who moved from Chicago to work for Obama, remains thin and lean.

Most men love their women with a little extra meat on their bones. Rogers would be considered too bony for them. Maybe some would say Barack has the best of both worlds (I didn't start the rumors folks).

Meanwhile, Beyonce shouted out First Daughters, Sasha and Malia, who attended her concert in D.C last night with their parents.

Photo: Getty Images

Every now and then I get a call from an industry cat asking my advice on why they get no love from certain industry chicks. My #1 response is always, "maybe she's just not that into you." But these industry cats think the world revolves around their peens. So the only logical explanation they can think of is the chick must be a lesbian.

Take Angel Lola Luv, aka Lola Monroe, for instance. I must have logged at least half a dozen calls from industry cats asking me if I think she's a lesbun because they can't get to first base with her when she's in town.

Well, it turns out Lola is a lesbun, according to industry gossip -- and loyal reader LovelyLady, who knows Lola personally.

LovelyLady says the love of Lola's life is a chick named Logan who travels everywhere with her. Apparently they've known each other since grade school. It's no coincidence that Logan's butt also hangs low. LovelyLady says all of Lola's friends have butt implants.

So there you go.

A British tabloid claims to have conclusive evidence about Jay Z's 7-year-old son, Isa. We have no idea what that evidence is, but the paper rehashes the same information we gave you when we first broke this story three years ago.

The paper says the boy and his mother, Shenelle Scott, are living large in a $2.5 million manse that Jay Z purchased for them on their native island of Trinidad. But we already knew that.

We also know that Shenelle has since gotten married, but we have no idea who the lucky guy is. All we know is that he is living large right along with Shenelle and Isa on Jay Z's dime. LOL.


Loyal reader, BevG, emailed me to say her daughter is a big fan of a show called "True Blood." I've never heard of the show but I told her I would look into it. Coincidentally, blogger Perez Hilton has a post up about "True Blood." Do you watch the show?

Over 3.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere, which caused the ratings to go up 157% from the first season's premiere. Shall they thank the Twilight fans for that?

And it seems the show's DVD sales are doing pretty good as well!

In fact, True Blood: The Complete First Season DVD has sold over 1 million copies!

The disc set was released four weeks ago and has already made $35 million in total sales.

Disclaimer: I was not paid a dime to write this post, but I can't say the same about Perez.

This amazing photo of an erupting volcano punching a hole through a cloud was snapped by the crew of the International Space Station orbiting around the planet earth.

The volcanic eruption on a Russian island in the North Pacific spewed smoke, ash and steam thousands of miles into the atmosphere causing the clouds to scatter. The full story is here.