June 14, 2010

Michael Jackson's father blames Katherine Jackson for his death

Posted: 08:07 AM ET

Michael Jackson's father blames the King of Pop's mom for the singer's death.

Joe Jackson admitted to News of the World that he lit into his estranged wife, Katherine, when the two were standing over the pop icon's body on a mortuary table.

"Katherine was weeping uncontrollably and highly upset. But I didn't give her a hug because I was mad at her crying," Joe Jackson told the British paper yesterday.

"I said, 'If you had listened to me, Michael would be living now!' I kept thinking about the times I had stood in front of her saying something was wrong."

The King of Pop, who died on June 25, 2009, had long blamed his adult woes on the miserable childhood crafted by his abusive, money-grubbing dad.

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June 9, 2010

Jackson fans to have cemetery access on 1st anniversary of his death

Posted: 12:51 PM ET


Fans of pop singer Michael Jackson are expected to receive limited access to Forest Lawn cemetery in Glendale later this month on the first anniversary of his death, authorities said Tuesday.

Under the arrangement expected to be finalized this week, fans of the King of Pop will be allowed to pay their respects on the cemetery grounds but not at the Great Mausoleum, where Jackson's body was interred in September, said Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz.

"We understand that Forest Lawn is working with the Jackson family for some kind of commemoration," Lorenz said. "We will be working closely with Forest Lawn to ensure the safety of those who want to pay their respects to Michael Jackson while ensuring the safety of others who are coming to the cemetery to pay respects to their loved ones."

Lorenz said fans will not be allowed to enter the Great Mausoleum, although discussions are continuing about how close fans will be able to get to the structure.

"Basically, they will be viewing it from a distance," Lorenz said.

The city has no plans for now to issue special permits for the event, which means streets would not be closed and street vendors would not be allowed to sell memorabilia.Jackson died June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest at his rented Holmby Hills mansion. He was pronounced dead at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office later ruled Jackson died from "acute Propofol intoxication" in combination with the use of sedatives. Coroner's officials also found that the setup in Jackson's bedroom did not include proper monitoring or precise dosing equipment, and an oxygen tank at his bedside was empty.

Authorities claim cardiologist Conrad Murray, who was hired to care for Jackson during the pop star's ambitious comeback attempt last year, administered a lethal dose of the drugs. Murray was charged in February with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's death.

Murray told investigators that Jackson, 50, was a chronic insomniac who had depended for years on Propofol - a white liquid the singer called "milk" - to sleep, according to police affidavits filed in court.

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June 4, 2010

Michael Jackson museum plans unveiled

Posted: 10:00 PM ET

Via The Guardian

Michael Jackson's father is moving ahead with plans to build a museum – and possibly a casino – in the late singer's hometown of Gary, Indiana. Joe Jackson and mayor Rudy Clay announced yesterday that they were launching a feasibility study into a massive Jackson complex, including a museum, concert hall, performing arts centre, pavilion, and possibly a hotel, restaurant and gambling parlour.

In anticipation of the project, Gary's board of public works and safety has transferred a large swath of development property to the Jackson Family Foundation. The area measures around 300 acres and is located near a highway, sports stadium and golf course. If the town becomes the Jackson equivalent of Elvis Presley's Graceland, the board expects up to 750,000 visitors each year – and as much as $150m in annual revenue.

Similar construction projects have been suggested in California, where Michael Jackson spent much of his life, but Joe Jackson said Gary is where his son would have wanted his principal memorial. Michael and his siblings were all born in Gary, and Joe said he hoped the complex would provide thousands of jobs. "We're bringing something back," he said. Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, has also allegedly approved the enterprise.

Not everyone in Gary is confident about turning the city into a mecca for Jackson fans, however. Local council member Carolyn Rogers said she had dinner with family representatives on Monday night, but "didn't get a lot of specifics". "In terms of having all the information that I need to say, 'Hey, this will work,' I can't say that at this point," she told the Indiana Post Tribune.

City officials estimate the project will cost about $300m. It could begin as early as next year. Officials hope to raise money through a combination of investors and donations from enthusiastic fans. Meanwhile, the city is planning to unveil a newly relocated Jackson monument, made of granite, at the singer's original family home. It is located, inevitably, on Jackson Street.

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May 26, 2010

Blanket, Prince, Paris first autographs up for sale

Posted: 01:27 PM ET

(CNN) - Michael Jackson's three children did something recently they've never before done: signing their autographs on something to be sold.

Blanket, Paris and Prince Jackson put their names on a designer belt produced as a tribute to their late father and to raise money for the Jackson family museum planned for Gary, Indiana.

The merchandising deal for the crystal-encrusted belt is also a first - the trustees of the Michael Jackson estate authorizing the Jackson family to produce and sell memorabilia in the pop star's name.

Katherine Jackson dropped her challenge for control of her son's estate last October, but her husband still has a legal objection pending in probate court.
"This is a truly one-of-a-kind opportunity," said Jerry Olivarez, the Jackson family friend who brought the deal together. "I know of no other item that has ever been made available to the public that has been signed by both the parents and children of Michael Jackson."


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May 21, 2010

Michael Jackson's Grave Open To The Public?

Posted: 01:39 PM ET


Michael Jackson's brother, Randy Jackson, has announced that he is in negotiations to make Michael's grave site open to the public.

The area where Michael is buried is currently off-limits to non-family members, but Randy intends to change that. His hope is to allow fans to visit the King of Pop's private mausoleum, located in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Cal., in time for the anniversary of Michael's death, next month.

Randy tweeted, "I'm meeting with Forest Lawn and the City of Glendale. Although they have strict rules, I'll do my best 2 see if fans can visit & pay their respects beyond the gates of ForestLawn, on the 25th. I will inform you all soon."

Recently, Michael's ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley reached out to fans to send sunflowers to the cemetery, to help brighten up his grave site.

"I know how much he loved and appreciated being showered with Gifts and flowers by his fans," said Presley. "I thought if whoever wants to bought just one silk sunflower each and sent it, the whole area around him and in front of him (As well as the two large empty vases that sit on either side of him) could be filled up in no time, which would be much more appropriate than what the current status is right now."

Responding to Presley's request, a flower grower sent 2,000 sunflowers to the mausoleum.

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May 14, 2010

Liz Taylor: Jackson's dermatologist betrayed his confidence

Posted: 10:35 AM ET

(CNN) - Elizabeth Taylor used Twitter messages Thursday to blast Dr. Arnie Klein for recent statements he made about their mutual friend, the late pop star Michael Jackson.

Taylor, like Jackson, was a patient of the Beverly Hills dermatologist.

"I thought doctors, like priests took an oath of confidentiality," Taylor tweeted. "May God have mercy on his soul."

The legendary actress, who often communicates with fans through Twitter postings, is currently on vacation in Europe, according to a spokesman.

Taylor expressed her anger with Klein for an interview he gave to the TV show "Extra," in which he supported claims by one of his male employees that the employee had an intimate relationship with Jackson.


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May 12, 2010

Michael Jackson's children, Paris and Blanket, goof off in YouTube clips

Posted: 03:51 PM ET


Michael Jackson always kept a secure shroud of privacy around his three children. But since his death last year, fans have now been given a quick glimpse into his offspring's lives by means of the Internet.

While many fake Facebook and Twitter accounts bear the names of Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson, only a few YouTube clips actually feature the real Jackson kids.

A source close to the Jackson family confirms to E! Online that a series of online clips making the rounds around the Web are authentic.

In at least seven videos, 8-year-old Blanket is seen dancing around with a friend and showing off his lightsaber skills.

The joyous behavior of the youngest Jackson child is a refreshing sight to see, especially since most fans remember him as a frightened, heartbroken child hiding behind his siblings during his famous father's memorial.

Paris is also featured in a couple clips that were reportedly captured from an iChat conversation via a Webcam.

"Monkey, please help?" the spectacle-wearing 12-year-old says in the video.

She also lets loose in a second clip in which she is lip-synching and dancing to a rap song that is said to be by Jackson family friend Omer Bhatti.

It remains unknown how the leaked video clips made their way to the Internet, however it is a comforting sight to see that Jackson's children are acting like, well, children.

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May 10, 2010

Jackson, Franklin among Apollo's Walk of Fame in NY

Posted: 02:43 PM ET

Harlem's legendary Apollo Theater is starting a walk of fame on 125th Street.Plaques for Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Little Richard, and Ella Fitzgerald are being installed in the inaugural ceremony.

Michael Jackson and Aretha Franklin will be honored in June.

The walk will honor legendary performers with close ties to the institution.

Each year at the non-profit Theater's Spring Gala Benefit, legendary musicians, artists, and entertainers whose path to fame included the Apollo are inducted into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame.


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May 3, 2010

Michael Jackson Recorded A New Album in 2007

Posted: 03:41 PM ET


The King of Pop may be dead, but his music just got a new lease on life.

It turns out Michael Jackson recorded a new album of previously unreleased songs in the fall of 2007, reports.

The late musician spent three months in New Jersey with Eddie (Angel) Cascio, with whom he recorded the 12 new tracks.

Three of the titles on the album include "Breaking News," "Burn Tonight" and "Water," which can reportedly be heard in the recently released documentary "This Is It."

Cascio, 28, is the son of Dominick and Connie Cascio, who were friends with Jackson since the 1990s. The family has frequently visited Katherine Jackson's home since the King of Pop's death.

The Cascio family even contributed a message to the booklet handed out at Jackson's memorial service in July of last year.

‘We promise to always remain “The First Family of Love," ‘ it said. "WE THANK YOU and will love you FOREVER and ALWAYS. ANGEL ‘Dr.Heat’ Cascio and the Cascio Family."

The Jackson estate recently signed a deal with Sony to re-release previously recorded music, but the agreement does not include new material.

The news comes on the heels of Jackson's "Thriller" video being voted as the most influential in pop music history in a MySpace poll.

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April 28, 2010

Crime writer Aphrodite Jones on Michael Jackson’s death

Posted: 04:26 PM ET

Best-selling true crime writer Aphrodite Jones has been covering Michael Jackson for years.  On her TV program, True Crime with Aphrodite Jones, she has set out to prove that the allegations of child abuse and the fallout from his criminal trial were as responsible for his death last year as the drugs he was taking.

True Crime with Aphrodite Jones: Michael Jackson airs Thursday, April 29th on Investigation Discovery.  Jones spoke to the LKL Blog about her thoughts on the Jackson case.  The interview has been edited for clarity and content.

LKL Blog: You’ve spent years looking at Michael Jackson, his legal troubles and the man that he was.  In terms of connecting the dots for your program, tell me a little about what you learned.

Aphrodite Jones: I think what I learned is that we really forgot, while Michael Jackson was alive, that he was a human being.  We made him into a caricature.  The interesting for me is that nobody after the acquittal of Michael Jackson turned around and said, “gee, wait a minute, we reported only what we could to dig up dirt and never considered that this man has no place to turn now.”  Frankly, the media ran after him harder after the acquittal.  

It all got turned around on Jackson, in a big way.  I think people don’t realize – when Mihcael Jackson did anything, like the baby-dangling incident, it was blown out of such proportion because everybody made him out to be a freak.

LKL Blog: There’s no denying his talent but he was such a polarizing person.  People just wanted to know every detail – why do you think people had that kind of reaction to him?

Jones: First of all, Michael Jackson broke the color barrier.  And he did it in such a way, with his music, with his friendships and later with his vitiligo.  Here’s someone whose life was dedicated to not looking at races, being of only one color.  His music united the world.  He went to every country in the world with his music.  If his music landed there, he usually went.  And he embraced people of every culture.  Not many entertainers when you think about that really have that kind of stronghold or embrace of people in China, people in Singapore, people in Thailand.  My book [Michael Jackson Conspiracy] has been translated around the world.  In Japan, China, Taiwan, France, Italy, all over Europe.

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