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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Michael Jackson's Body Returns To Neverland And Other Jackson News Updates

The Australian
reports that
Michael Jackson's body will return to Neverland for a public wake and that he excluded father, Joe, in his will:

    MICHAEL Jackson's family are planning a wake at his Neverland ranch after it was revealed that the King of Pop had a will that allegedly cut out his father. The will, supposedly drawn up in 2002, is said to leave nothing to his father Joe, who he had a frosty relationship and accused of abusing him as a child.

    Instead, Jackson is believed to have split his fortune between his three children, his mother Katherine, 79, and a number of charities, The Wall Street Journal reports.

    It names lawyer John Branca and a music executive John McLain, a friend of Jackson, as executors, according to the Journal.

    The wake planned for Friday or Saturday with a private viewing for the family scheduled for Sunday.

    The family intends to hold a wake either on Friday or Saturday ahead of a burial at an undetermined time and place, the reports said. CNN said the family would have its own private viewing on Sunday.

AEG, promoter of Jackson's planned 50 concerts says it will issue refunds on tickets. L.A. Times:

    AEG Live [is] the Los Angeles-based concert promoter behind the 50 comeback concerts that had been set to begin July 13 at London's O2 Arena.

    The company sold more than 750,000 tickets for the performances, scheduled to run through March 2010, which amount to more than $85 million.

    Today, AEG Live announced it would issue full refunds -- including all ticket service charges -- to fans from 200 countries who purchased tickets through "authorized agents."

Allegedly, Jackson weighed only 112 pounds at his death (he was 5' 10") and had little in his stomach other than semi-digested pills. His personal physician, Doctor Conrad Murray says he did not inject the singer with demerol. The NY Daily News:

    The Sun of London report painted a tragic picture of a 50-year-old man so frail he weighed only 112 pounds and whose stomach contained no food - just semidigested pills.

    Several of Jackson's ribs were broken in the frantic attempt to pump life back into his heart. Four needle wounds were near his heart, apparently from failed efforts to restart it by shooting adrenaline directly into the organ.

    Jackson had lost most of his hair, and his haggard face was disfigured by 13 plastic surgeries, The Sun said.

    His emaciated hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle marks, the paper said.

    However, lawyers said Sunday that claims that Jackson's doctor injected the King of Pop with a powerful painkiller just before his death are "absolutely false."

    "There was no Demerol. No OxyContin," Matt Alford, lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray, told the Daily News.

    Instead, Murray tried desperately to save the troubled superstar, who still had a pulse when the doctor found him unconscious in bed Thursday, lawyers said. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation failed to revive him.

Jackson's children asked to see their father's body. The Herald Sun:

    Edward Chernoff - lawyer to Dr Conrad Murray who was at Jackson's home when the star collapsed - said he consulted a psychologist when the children asked to see the body.

    Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, 12, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, 11, and Prince Michael Jackson II, 7, were placed in the temporary care of their grandmother, Katherine Jackson, by a Los Angeles judge.

Also being reported is that Michael Jackson may not be the biological father of his children. The NY Daily News:

    Questions about whether Jackson fathered the children emerged a day after Debbie Rowe, presumed mother of his two eldest kids, made clear she is considering a custody bid.

    TMZ.com reported Tuesday that Jackson was not the biological father of any of his three children, while Us Weekly says the father of his eldest kids is the pop sensation's dermatologist.

    Jackson's three kids were all conceived in vitro, and the sperm donor was not the late pop icon, TMZ.com reported.

    In another shocking twist, Debbie Rowe is not the biological mother of the two eldest children, "Prince" Michael Joseph Jr., 12 and Paris Michael Katherine, 11, TMZ says.

    Rowe merely acted as the surrogate - and was paid handsomely for her services, multiple sources said.

This story isn't going to subside any time soon. Those who - and they have every right to be tired of the coverage - say his death is receiving too much media attention should not turn on their televisions, or listen to the radio, or buy a newspaper for the next few weeks.

The King of Pop died, and his is a tragic story. His story is also the all-American success story. It's not going away any time soon.



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