June 25, 2010

The Jacksons: Where Are They Now?

Posted: 06:13 PM ET

Los Angeles, California (CNN) - Michael Jackson's death instantly changed the lives of his family and friends. The weeks immediately after the pop icon died were chaotic, and many questions are still unanswered for those closest to Jackson.

Michael's children

The day their father died, Prince Michael, 13, Paris, 12, and Blanket, 8, moved in with their grandmother Katherine Jackson at the Encino, California, home where Michael once lived with his family.

The home is filled with memories of their father, including many photos of a young Michael Jackson. The theater room of the large house was converted into a classroom where they've been home-schooled for the past year.

The grassy yard of the Encino estate is often filled with Michael's kids playing ball with four cousins - the sons of Jackson brothers Jermaine and Randy - who have lived there the past year with their mother.

They share a computer with internet access, which resulted in fans getting a rare and candid look at Blanket's dancing, acting and light saber skills when several videos were uploaded to YouTube in April.

While Jackson kept his children shrouded in privacy during his life, they have appeared at a handful of public events to honor their father since his death.


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The Future Of Neverland

Posted: 04:39 PM ET

By Mike Fleeman

The ferris wheel is gone. So are the zoo animals and the furniture and the big-screen TV. Weeds grow between the tracks of the Disneyland-like railroad. Across the dry brown hills from the restaurants and wineries made popular by the movie Sideways sits Neverland, a shadow of its former self. Only the many statues of frolicking children serve as reminders that Michael Jackson once lived here.

That, and the secret room in the closet secured by three deadbolts.

Still, the sprawling grounds, accessible through a remote-controlled gate leading to a winding road with speed bumps, have a fascinating if voyeuristic appeal – a surefire draw to Jackson fans and curiosity seekers the world over – much the same as Graceland does for Elvis devotees.


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Katherine Jackson: "Michael Was Born With Rhythm"

Posted: 02:07 PM ET

Excerpt from Never Can Say Goodbye, The Katherine Jackson Story, by Katherine Jackson.  It can be purchased exclusively from Photos from Never Can Say Goodbye.

I always felt that Michael had talent, but I had no idea that he would achieve the level of success he did. Both myself and my husband Joseph grew up with a great love for music. As a child, I enjoyed singing with my sister, and Joe performed in a band with his brother. Soon after we got married, our home in Gary, Indiana was buzzing to the harmony of country, blues and jazz, all of which our nine children took a liking too.

Michael was born with rhythm.  As a baby, it was obvious that he loved music and dance. We had a broken down washing machine that made a racketing sound when set to a rinse cycle. Michael would sit on top of the machine with a bottle in his mouth, bopping and grooving to the rhythmic racket. Even before he could say his first words, he responded very well to sound.  I knew then that the music was in him.

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Tito: Remember Asking If Michael Was Dead

Posted: 12:01 PM ET

Be sure to watch "Michael Jackson: His Final Days" tonight at 8pm, and stay tuned for Larry's interview with Jermaine Jackson from Forest Lawn immediately after.

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Jackson's Fans Remember

Posted: 11:54 AM ET

By Avis Thomas-Lester

The pain is still sharp. They read the stories about how he died, why he died, who might have been responsible for him dying and it brings them more anguish.

They play his music over and over, as if one more turn of "I'll Be There" or "Billy Jean" will bring him back. They buy his posters, wear his T-shirts and remember. They are grown, they know they should get over it, but they still mourn.

"I always laughed at Elvis fans who swore that he was still alive, but now I understand because all of us Michael Jackson fans think he might be hanging out with Elvis," said Bridgette Cooper, 45, of Mitchellville. "Hopefully, we'll start having some Michael Jackson sightings."

Other fans accept that he's gone but still gather at makeshift celebrations to pay homage to his music and his genius. The gatherings end up like mini wakes, like at Coopers' house on Father's Day, when she and two relatives broke away from a party to listen to M.J. songs on her iPod. When "Maybe Tomorrow" came on, the mood went somber.

"They were both men and it was surprising to me how much they felt for him and how they had no problem expressing it," Cooper said. "We just listened to the music, sighed and shook our heads."


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Sneak Peek: Jermaine Jackson Interview!

Posted: 10:30 AM ET

Today marks the one year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death.  Use this as a forum to leave your tributes to Michael Jackson, and don't forget to tune in tonight for a special "LARRY KING LIVE" with Jermaine Jackson at 9pmet/6pmpt.

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June 24, 2010

10-year-olds pay tribute to Michael Jackson one year after his death

Posted: 04:39 PM ET


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June 23, 2010

Photo Gallery: Jermaine Jackson

Posted: 01:58 PM ET

Don't miss Jermaine Jackson  Friday night in his FIRST interview at the King of Pop's final resting place!

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June 16, 2010

Michael Jackson's brother, Randy, hospitalized for chest pains

Posted: 08:12 AM ET

(Via Pasadena Star News)

Media outlets swarmed Huntington Hospital on Tuesday waiting for confirmation that Randy Jackson, brother of the late Michael Jackson, was being treated for chest pains.

A source close to the Jackson family who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly said Jackson, 48, experienced chest pains around noon and was taken to Huntington, where he is awaiting the outcome of tests. The source said doctors think it was a mild heart attack, but this has not yet been confirmed.

The announcement sparked a media frenzy. CBS, ABC and the Star-News were on scene, but unable to confirm whether the member of the Jackson 5 was being treated at Huntington.

"By law, I can only confirm patients that are in our hospital database," said Andrea Stalding, hospital spokeswoman.

Randy Jackson's hospitalization comes less than one year after his brother died, shocking many in the entertainment world and beyond.

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Note: Randy Jackson spoke to CNN on keeping Michael Jackson's legacy alive – click on the video below!

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June 15, 2010

Jackson Doc Keeping His License

Posted: 04:02 PM ET

A Los Angeles, California, judge refused Monday to ban Dr. Conrad Murray, charged with involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death, from practicing medicine in the state.

The California medical board had asked the judge to add the prohibition to bail conditions for Murray, who was the pop star's personal physician when he died.

Michael Jackson's parents, Joe and Katherine, sat next to each other on the front row in the small courtroom, along with the pop icon's brothers Jermaine and Randy and sister LaToya Jackson.

"Dr. Murray's the fall guy," Jermaine Jackson said after the hearing. "This is bulls**t."

Several members of the Jackson family have said they suspect that Michael Jackson's death was the result of a murder conspiracy, although they've not made public any evidence. A lawyer for Joe Jackson has said he was preparing a civil wrongful-death lawsuit in the singer's death.

Judge Michael Pastor set August 23 as the date for the start of the preliminary hearing for Murray, which the prosecutor said could last a week.

Murray's defense lawyers argued that the state was "forum shopping" by asking Pastor to reverse the decision by the first judge in the case not to suspend Murray's license.

Pastor agreed. "I simply don't have the ability to revisit the actions of one of my colleagues," he said.


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