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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson Update:
Fans Committing Suicide,
Custody Battle?
Funeral Arrangements Pending

Not since Elvis died or since John Lennon was killed have we witnessed such large-scale world reaction as those to the death of Michael Jackson. Many pundits are saying, "enough, already," but they don't grasp the scope of his death and what he meant to his fans.

Sadly, some of his fans have committed suicide. Sky News:

    The man behind the world's biggest online Michael Jackson fan club has said heartbroken followers of the star have committed suicide because of his death.

    Gary Taylor, president and owner of MJJcommunity.com, said he understood the tragedies had mostly taken place outside of the UK but he believed one may have been British.

    "I know there has been an increase, I now believe the figure is 12. I believe there may have been one Briton who has taken their life," he said.

    "It is a serious situation that these people are going through but Michael Jackson would never want this. He would want them to live."

Then, there is the question of who will get custody of his three children?

Will it be his former wife Debbie Rowe? LA Times:

    Michael Jackson’s former wife, Debbie Rowe, is most likely to receive custody of the two children she bore when she was married to the late pop star, legal experts said today.

    Although Rowe initially waived parental rights to the children, she later changed her mind, and an appeals court ruled she was the legal mother of Prince Michael Jr. and Paris Michael Katherine.

    “When a child has two legal parents and one of them dies, the other takes custody,” said USC law professor Scott Altman.


    A legal fight over Jackson’s children “seems almost inevitable,” Altman said. “It is very hard to reach amicable agreements over child custody in circumstances like that.”

Michael's mother has been granted temporary custody of his three children. Chicago Sun Times:

    Michael Jackson's mother won temporary guardianship of her late son's three children Monday, and a person close to the proceedings said the Jackson matriarch is also attempting to take control of the King of Pop's estate.

    Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted Katherine Jackson temporary guardianship of the children and scheduled a hearing for Aug. 3 on Jackson's petition to become permanent guardian of her son's children.

    The petition also sought to name Jackson as administrator of the children's estates, but the judge did not grant that request.

I hope the custody issue does not descend into an ugly battle. No child should have to go through such a thing.

Joe Jackson, Michael's dad, said a funeral date has not yet been set, pending the results of the second autopsy. AP:

    Michael Jackson's father, Joe, says planning for the pop star's funeral is awaiting results of a second autopsy.

    Joe Jackson told reporters outside the family's Los Angeles compound at midday Monday that the second autopsy is under way, but he expects results soon. The county coroner conducted an autopsy on Friday but has deferred a decision on the cause of death.

    Joe Jackson denies reports that his son will be buried at his Neverland ranch. He says, "That's not true."

The real tragedy of Michael Jackson is that he never lived his childhood; he never had the opportunity to be kid.

May the Jackson family and all Jackson fans find some peace. They so deserve it.



Let's not forget the death of one of the biggest info-pub actor Billy Mays at 50 years old.

He completely revolutionize that world so to me, it's worth mentionning.


Let's not forget that while everyone talks about Michael Jackson's death, there was a Honduras coup d'état and Iran manifestations are still around.

Maybe Pickle and Fraudy have forgotten already and will do a moonwalk stunt that will start the new pop rock star career of Pbama.
I did mention the King of Infomercials a couple posts down under "Celebrity Deaths" post.

Mays sent me leaping for the remote control so I could hit the mute button, he was so LOUD. But he really had a great voice. I think he was "real" and sincere. He is to be missed.
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