Diana Ross and Paris Jackson

When Michael Jackson died in 2009, his will stipulated that close friend Diana Ross get custody of his children, Paris, Prince and Blanket, in the event of his mother Katherine's death.

But in light of the tragic events of this past week involving 15-year-old Paris, Diana Ross is extremely concerned and ready to take custody of Paris when she is released from the hospital.

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Marilyn Manson Simulates Cutting Onstage

Parents in Los Angeles are expressing outrage after rocker Marilyn Manson simulated cutting himself onstage during the LA leg of his Shock Therapy Tour.

The bizarre behavior occurred one day after Manson issued a personal VIP invite to Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson, 15, who was hospitalized after a possible suicide attempt.

During Thursday's concert, Manson dedicated a song to Paris, announcing, "This song is for Paris Jackson" before launching into his song "Disposable Teens."

Manson sent a message to Paris via TMZ, saying "I hope you feel better. You will be on my guest list anytime you want."

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Paris Jackson cutter

It isn't easy being a 15-year-old teenager growing up in the public eye. Being the daughter of the greatest entertainer the world has ever seen only compounds the problem. But police say Paris Jackson's "suicide" attempt on Tuesday was simply a cry for attention.

"She wanted attention," law enforcement sources told TMZ. The superficial scrapes seen on Paris's arms in paparazzi photos are consistent with cutting behavior exhibited by troubled teens who are depressed and lack coping skills.

But not all cutters seek attention explains Psychiatrist Leonard Sax in a Psychology Today article.

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Paris Jackson

Michael Jackson's 15-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson, is doing fine after possibly attempting suicide early this morning. TMZ reports that Paris was taken out of her grandmother, Katherine's Calabasas, CA home on a stretcher around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

"Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention," said Katherine Jackson's attorney, Perry Sanders, in a statement to TMZ.

"Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you," said Sanders.

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Paris Jackson

Remember when Michael Jackson's daughter Paris Jackson was considered to be black because her biological father is a black man? Well those days are over.

According to numerous published reports, Paris, 15, has abandoned the black side of her family and now spends most of her time with her biological mother, Debbie Rowe. They say Paris hardly ever sees her paternal grandmother, Katherine Jackson anymore. Katherine, 82, has joint custody, with Michael's nephew, TJ, of Paris and her 2 brothers, Prince Michael, 16, and Blanket, 11.

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Michael Jackson and Taj Jackson

Michael Jackson's nephew, Taj Jackson, says he was molested as a boy by a male family member on his mother's side. Taj, 40, revealed his family secret in order to defend his uncle Michael against the most recent molestation allegations made by former child star Wade Robson.

Taj's father is Michael's brother, Tito Jackson, 59.

In a series of Twitter.com messages sent on Wednesday, Taj called Wade a liar, and he said Michael personally consoled him after he told his mother Dee Dee about the incident.

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Paris Jackson

Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson, 82, raised all 8 of her children to be Jehovah's Witnesses. Even at the peak of his fame, superstar Michael Jackson continued going door-to-door spreading the scripture and handing out copies of The Watchtower. But Michael, who did not observe holidays or birthdays as a child, broke with religious tradition by treating his own children to lavish birthday parties at his Neverland ranch.

When Katherine Jackson took custody of Michael's kids, Paris, 15, Prince Michael, 16, and Blanket, 11, after Michael's untimely death in 2009, the children attended meetings in Kingdom Hall with Mrs. Jackson, went door-to-door as their father did, and encouraged their friends to convert to Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Michael Jackson gold pants

More details are emerging about Michael Jackson's drug dependency as Katherine Jackson's $40 billion lawsuit against AEG gets underway.

Jackson died of heart failure and respiratory arrest caused by an overdose of an IV anesthetic on June 25, 2009 at age 50. Former Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of negligence in his death.

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Jermaine Jackson

The Jacksons are currently on a world tour that is drawing huge crowds and selling out all over the globe. Interest in the Jacksons has increased exponentially since their younger brother Michael passed away in 2009. The Jackson brothers, Marlon, 55, Tito, 59, and Jackie, 61, and Jermaine, 58, (pictured above) were seen leaving their hotel in Birmingham, England, heading to perform a concert during the UK stop on their world tour.

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I like Safire's version better than Michael's remake. Sorry, Mike.

Here's a tidbit of info that you probably didn't know, courtesy of a commenter on YouTube:

Michael wanted to call the victory tour 'this is it', but his brothers didn't want that, so it was? 4 against 1. Michael wanted to call it this is it, because it was going to be the final performances with his brothers. Now he chose this title so that it was sure that he was not going to perform anymore after This is it.


Michael Jackson's three kids, Prince, Michael Jr. and Paris were spotted on their way to Karate class in Los Angeles yesterday. The kids were accompanied by assorted nannies, cousins and bodyguards. They look so healthy and happy -- unlike when they lived with Michael and he forced them to wear masks in public.

Sporting their karate outfits, Paris Jackson and Blanket Jackson could be seen enthusiastically entering the building ready to punch, kick and elbow, but after an hour or so of butt-kicking, young Blanket was clearly left exhausted as he got a piggyback ride on the way out!

Prince Jackson was also there — though only as an observer, not a participant.

Meanwhile, in the neverending whirlwind of press coming from Michael Jackson siblings, big sis La Toya Jackson says the late pop icon was “like God.”

The 53-year-old star insists MJ had divine qualities because of the way he tried to spread peace and love during his life, which was tragically cut short in June.

Appearing on Britain’s Live From Studio Five, La Toya said: “Michael was very, very special and my mother would always say that, because he was. He was very different. I would always say, ‘He’s not God. But he’s so God-like.’ He really was God-like. He just wanted to spread love and share love and just do everything that was wonderful.” Read More...

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Casandra Pertusio from Florida shows her Michael Jackson tattoo as she starts a three day wait in the line to buy tickets to the Michael Jackson film at the LA Live theater in Los Angeles on September 24, 2009. The movie titled 'This Is It' will open in most countries around the world on October 28 for a limited two-week run. The film is being culled from more than 100 hours of rehearsal footage shot between April and June in Los Angeles, where Jackson prepared for his comeback before dying suddenly on June 25 at age 50.

They say a sucker is born every minute, and there are plenty of con artists ready and willing to take advantage of them.

Take LaToya Jackson, for instance. She's facing foreclosure on her Las Vegas condo and her finances are in dire straits. Yet she's forking over thousands of dollars a week to a psychic who claims to be able to communicate with pop icon Michael Jackson from beyond the grave.

According to The Globe, LaToya spoke with many psychics before settling on one nut because she knew personal secrets about Michael that only the family knew.

From Pop Crunch blog:

“This woman psychic who lives in L.A. told La Toya some very personal details about Michael that only close family members would know,” the tattle continued. “La Toya knew right then that she was indeed in contact with Michael.”

"Not only does she go to the psychic’s house, but sometimes in the middle of the night when she wakes up thinking of her brother, she knows she can pick up the phone, no matter what time it is and be linked to him via seer.”

“He also communicates he’s constantly watching over his kids, Prince, Paris, Blanket, and sees they’re incredibly loved by their grandmother, Katherine, and the rest of the family,” the Globe source added. “Having this psychic connection to Michael is tremendously reassuring for her.”

Maybe LaToya should ask the psychic exactly what took place in Michael's bedroom the morning he died. That bit of info would help the DA's office tremendously in their investigation into his murder.

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Michael Jackson's older brother Jermaine is busy trying to salvage his Michael Jackson Tribute concert in Vienna after online media floated rumors that the two biggest names on the lineup won't appear.

According to to Reuters, Jermaine, 54, confirms that Mary J. Blige will be busy at a fashion event in Italy that same day. But he claims she will fly in to perform the second half of the concert, which is scheduled for Sept. 26.

We already know that Chris Brown is a convicted felon who probably can't leave the country without permission from his probation officer. But Jermaine says, "He wants to be here. It's just up to what he's going through with his court case right now. "He's definitely going to be here."

Jackson also denied rumors that his family refuse to throw their full support behind the tribute concert.

"I invited my mother, I invited my brothers and sisters as well," he said during a news conference in London. "I am not happy with the talk being said in the press about the support isn't there. My mother from the very start supported this."

Of course he's referring to TMZ's report that his mother, Katherine Jackson, and brothers question why Jermaine is holding a tribute concert in a city that has no connection to Michael.

From HitsDailyDouble:

I Look To You, Whitney Houston’s first new Arista/RMG studio album of original material in seven years, debuts at #1 on this week’s HITS sales chart, with a total topping 300k. Her last album (aside from a 2003 Christmas release), Just Whitney, debuted at #9 with 205k back in 2002.

Hollywood’s Miley Cyrus, last week’s #2 after her Wal-Mart exclusive album, The Time of Our Lives, went on sale before release date, remains in the same spot, with a total of 162k, a whopping 154% increase, thanks to the runaway smash, “Party in the U.S.A.”

Atlantic R&B smoothie Trey Songz is the week’s other Top 5 debut, nestling in at #3 with 136k for Ready, while Epic’s Chevelle (#7) and J/RMG’s Pitbull (#8) are the other Top 10 newcomers.

Epic’s late superstar Michael Jackson continues to hold down a pair of Top 10 slots, with Number Ones at #4 and Thriller at #9, the latter up another 59%.

The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was finally laid to rest last night more than two months after he died at age 50 of an apparent cardiac arrest on June 25th. Jackson was interred in a crypt alongside Hollywood legends such as Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, David Carradine, Sammy Davis Jr., and others following a private sunset ceremony at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.

The guests were limited to family members and close friends, including Berry Gordy, who signed 10-year-old Michael and his brothers to a recording contract in the late 60s, and Gladys Knight, who discovered the Jackson 5. Knight sang "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" at the ceremony.

Others attending the funeral included Michael's friends music producers Quincy Jones and Teddy Riley, actors McCauley Culkin, Elizabeth Taylor, Corey Feldman, Clifton Davis (who sang the Jackson 5 hit "Never Can Say Goodbye" -- a song he wrote); actress LisaRaye, comedian Chris Tucker, industry veteran Suzanne de Passe, the Jackson 5's road manager and mentor; Lisa Marie Presley, one of Jackson's former wives, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and others. Jackson's longtime friend Diana Ross did not attend.

Michael's brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, Randy, and the two boys Michael raised as his own -- Prince Michael I and Michael II., all wore black suits with red ties, black arm bands and a single white sequined glove. The funeral was delayed over two months due to a rift between Michael's mother Katherine and his brother Jermaine over the final burial plans.

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The L.A. County coroner, in typical Hollywood dramatic fashion, has finally released the cause of Michael Jackson's death. The actual report itself has still not been released, but the cause of death is due to an overdose of the sedative Propofol used in the induction of anesthesia, and acute benzodiapine intoxication, including Valium, Ativan and other prescription drugs found in Jackson's system. The manner of death is ruled a homicide. So far there have been no arrests made, but Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray is considered a suspect.

From TMZ.com:

The L.A. County Coroner has just officially announced the cause of Michael Jackson's death -- Acute Propofol intoxication.

The report says "other conditions contributing to death: Benzodiazepine effect." Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs (see below) used to treat anxiety and insomnia.

The manner of death is ruled: "HOMICIDE."

The Coroner did not release the full autopsy report -- just a press notice. It goes on:

The drugs PROPOFOL and LORAZEPAM (Ativan) were found to be the primary drugs responsible for Mr. Jackson's death.

Other drugs detected were: Midazolam (Versed), Diazepam (Valium), Lidocaine (topical anesthetic) and Ephedrine (used to treat hypotension associated with anesthesia).

The final Coroner's report, including the toxicology report, will remain on security hold, per the LAPD.

According to TMZ.com, the LAPD don't believe that Michael Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, told the truth when he said he administered a small dosage of the sedative Propofol (Diprivan) to Jackson.

The LAPD met with Dr. Murray on two occasions after Jackson died of a cardiac arrest in his rented mansion on June 25th.

In the police search warrant affidavit, Dr. Murray told police he gave Jackson 25mg of Propofol before Jackson stopped breathing. Murray said he normally gave Jackson 50mg of Propofol, but he decreased the dosage because he feared Jackson was becoming addicted.

Online reports attributed Jackson's death to a "lethal amount" of Propofol. The problem is the dosage of 25mg of Propofol listed in the police report is too small to cause death. An average maintenance dosage to adequately sedate an adult for hours is about 400mg (or more) per hour.

Now the police are backtracking and saying they believe Dr. Murray lied about the amount of Propofol he gave Jackson. But that amount is written in stone in the police affidavit. And you can bet that the defense attorneys for Dr. Murray will be all over that affidavit. So if Dr. Murray walks, the LAPD have no one to blame but themselves.

According to a police affidavit, Michael Jackson's personal physician waited 82 minutes to call 911 after Jackson stopped breathing on the fateful morning of June 25. Dr. Conrad Murray told police he treated Jackson for chronic insomnia for 6 months.

On the night of June 25th, Dr. Murray said he administered the benzodiazepine sedatives Ativan and Versed by IV push to Jackson all night long to help him sleep.

When those meds failed to induce sleep, Dr. Murray said he administered Propofol 25mg (by IV push?) to Jackson at 10:40 a.m. Murray then left the room for 2 minutes and returned to find Jackson not breathing and unresponsive.

If the police have a case against Dr. Murray, 57, it will be based on the length of time it took for him to seek emergency medical assistance for Jackson after he found him unresponsive. But there doesn't seem to be enough of a case for manslaughter. Gross medical negligence, yes, but it will be very difficult for the prosecutor's office to convince a jury that 25mg of the sedative Propofol (Diprivan) killed Jackson.

Theoretically, 25mg of Propofol could kill a patient whose respirations and blood pressure were already decreased. But attorneys and juries don't deal in theories.

If you're confused by the findings of Michael Jackson's autopsy report, you're not the only one. Something doesn't add up. So I'm going to wait until the official report comes out before I jump to conclusions.

Aaccording to the search warrant affidavit filed in Houston and published yesterday on TMZ.com, Jackson died with "a lethal amount" of the sedative Propofol (Diprivan) in his system. Yet the same report goes on to say that Dr. Murray administered only 25mg of Propofol IV to Jackson, which amounts to an equivalent of about 5 teaspoons or less than 1.5 tablespoons of medicine. In other words, that amount is nowhere near lethal.

The report also claims Dr. Murray gave Jackson IV Ativan. I can't ever recall giving a patient IV Ativan when it can easily be administered by mouth or by deep muscle injection. If this report holds up in court then Dr. Murray will probably be acquitted of murder because there is no smoking gun in that report. Any good lawyer worth his salt will tear that report apart in open court.

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According to FOXNews.com, Michael Jackson's personal physician will be charged with manslaughter within the next two weeks.

This is not news to anyone, but a source told FOXNews.com that Murray could be charged as early as next Wednesday. In the meantime, investigators will serve one more warrant at a Los Angeles pharmacy as they build an airtight case against the financially strapped cardiologist.

Murray has admitted to giving Michael Jackson a home infusion of Diprivan (Propofol) a potent sedative used to induce anesthesia that should never be administered outside a hospital or clinic setting. Jackson went into respiratory and cardiac arrest when Dr. Murray left him alone during the infusion on June 25th to make phone calls. Jackson was later pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Conrad Murray was forced to shut down his medical practice amid the ongoing investigation into the sudden death of Michael Jackson on June 25. So he made this video to reach out to his patients and supporters to let them know he is fine. "Your messages give me strength and courage and keep me going," said the embattled cardiologist in a video posted on YouTube today.

"Please, don't worry. As long as I keep God in my heart, and you in my life I will be fine," he said.

INF Daily posted these pics of the long suffering wife and daughter of Michael Jackson's former personal physician today.

Blanche Murray, also a doctor, was spotted picking up her daughter, Camille Murray, at the Las Vegas airport. As the paparazzi (and irate Michael Jackson fans) swarmed around them, Camille buried her face in her arm and hung her head in shame.

According to Radaronline.com, Blanche is Murray's second wife. Dr. Murray has admitted to fathering six children with different women, and has been ordered to jail twice in the past several years for non-payment of child support for a son he fathered outside his marriage.

Dr. Murray was the last man to see pop idol Michael Jackson alive before he passed away of a cardiac arrest on June 25, 2009. Jackson, whose death was ruled a homicide, will be laid to rest on August 29, his 51st birthday. Murray has been named as a suspect in the ongoing investigation into Jackson's death.

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Don't believe those rumors that Michael Jackson's older sister LaToya was forced to take a job bagging groceries at the local Piggly Wiggly because she was left out of her brother's will.

Actually, LaToya is performing her civic duty by volunteering to bag groceries in support of AIDS Awareness.

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La Toya Jackson is committed to continuing the charitable work her beloved brother Michael began years before his untimely death with AIDS Project LA. From bagging groceries in the APLA to meeting with APLA clients, this is only the beginning of what will be a lifelong dedication by La Toya in supporting the fight against AIDS.

Source: Splash News Online

According to the LA Times, Michael Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, left him alone in a bedroom after starting an infusion of a potent sedative so he could go make phone calls.

Leaked details from Jackson's autopsy report shows that Dr. Murray gave Jackson an IV infusion of Diprivan (Propofol) a short acting drug used in hospitals to induce anesthesia on patients undergoing inpatient and outpatient procedures.

The troubled doc, who has been identified in court records as a suspect in Jackson's death, returned to the bedroom to find the 50-year-old Jackson unresponsive and not breathing. Jackson was later pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center after suffering respiratory and cardiac arrest.

Murray, 51, told police he felt comfortable giving Jackson Diprivan and leaving him alone to make calls on his cell phone because Jackson had previously taken the drug as a sleep aid for a decade with no problems. Murray told police he spoke with his family members and office staff in Houston while Jackson slept in another room.

Police sources had earlier said Murray fell asleep in another room in the rented 10-bedroom mansion after giving Jackson the drug.

This news contradicts online reports that Murray delayed calling paramedics for 30 minutes because he couldn't find a working phone inside Jackson's rented Bel Air mansion on the morning of June 25.

A source close to the investigation into Jackson's untimely death told the LA Times that there was a "limited amount" of Diprivan in Jackson's system. And that the presence of other prescription drugs in his system along with such a limited amount of the sedative could complicate prosecution of Dr. Murray.

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