Michael Jackson was one of the most popular entertainers in the world, he was known as the King of Pop. Before his passing, he was a world-renowned best-selling music artist in pop culture for more than four decades due to his contributions to music, dance, and fashion. He also had a very high-profile private life.
Michael Jackson Brief Bio
Michael Jackson, born August 29, 1958, was the eighth of ten children of Joseph Walter Jackson, a former boxer and steelworker for U.S. Steel, and his wife Katherine Esther Jackson. Katherine took a part-time job at Sears Department Store to support the family. She was also a passionate music lover, as he played piano and clarinet and dreamed of becoming an artist herself. Following in his mother’s footsteps, it’s easy to see how Michael became a legend.
Michael Jackson had 8 siblings; 5 brothers and 3 sisters. His brothers are Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy, while his sisters are Rebbie, LA Toya, and Janet. They shaped the sound of popular music and became known as the first family of soul music. Eight of the Jackson siblings received gold records for their achievements. The Jackson 5, consisting of the late Michael and his brothers, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They all received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1980, 1984, and 1990.
Michael Jackson Wives
Michael Jackson married twice. He met Lisa Marie Presley after he was introduced by her father, Elvis Presley, in 1974. Presley supported him when he had his first accusations of sexual abuse of children and Jackson had become addicted to painkillers. She convinced him to go into drug rehabilitation. He finally proposed to her through a phone call, which she accepted. They were married in a private ceremony in the Dominican Republic on May 26, 1994. The couple finally divorced in August 1996 and continued to date occasionally for another four years. Lisa Presley lives with her family in San Francisco, California.
Debbie Rowe, who later had two children for Late Michael, became his wife in 1996. She met Michael when she worked as a nurse for Dr. Arnold Klein, who treated Michael for Vitiligo. Debbie was a long-time fan of Michael and had a crush on him. After Michael’s divorce from Rowe, Michael worried that he might not be able to have children, so Rowe suggested he have his children. She finally became pregnant in 1996 and married Michael Jackson on November 14th, 1996 in Sydney, Australia.
However, they divorced on October 8, 1999. Rowe was overwhelmed by the publicity that accompanied the fact that she was married to Jackson as she was a private person. She transferred full custody of the children (Michael Joseph Jackson and Paris Jackson) to Michael. After Michael Jackson died, Rowe entered into a supervised visitation agreement with Katherine Jackson, the children’s guardian.
In 2014, she announced her engagement to Marc Schaffel; the former videographer of Neverland Ranch. Mark had helped Rowe with her health problems after the divorce in 1999, and he was the only employee of Michael who was allowed to visit Rowe. In 2016, Rowe was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Michael Jackson’s Daughter
Paris Michael Katherine was born on April 3, 1998, in Beverly Hills, California, as the daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe. She was named after the city where she was conceived, Paris. Katherine is the only daughter of the late Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe. She grew up with her siblings (an older brother and a younger half-brother) at the Neverland Ranch in Santa Barbara. Her godparents were Elizabeth Taylor and Macaulay Culkin. Michael always made her and her siblings wear masks to hide their faces from the public.
Paris moved to Los Angeles in January 2017 at the age of 19. She now lives in a private studio on the former Jackson property. Paris is an actress, activist, and model. She had a chance to make her acting debut in 2011, where she signed for the lead role in the children’s fantasy film Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys, which is from a book by Dennis Christen. However, the film ended in developmental hell. Paris then made a real acting debut as a guest star in the Fox series Star. She is currently making her feature film debut in Gringo.
In May 2012, Paris made People’s Magazine’s most beautiful list. In January 2017 it appeared on the cover of Rolling. This must-have revealed her beautiful features, because in March 2017 she signed a modeling contract with IMG Models.
Paris Michael Katherine – The Activist
As an activist, she speaks out on issues she believes are unjust and supports efforts to address these issues. In August 2017, during the MTV VMAs, she left the script to confront the “white racist idiots”. She did so to talk about the attacks that occurred earlier this month in Charlottesville, Virginia. Paris is also raising awareness of the concerns of Native Americans and is involved with activist groups fighting against pollution.
She was sexually abused at the age of 14 by an older man whom she described as a stranger. This, along with cyberbullying, led to her committing suicide and attempting suicide three times. She was depressed and became a drug addict, her last suicide attempt led to her being sent to a therapy school in Utah. There she spent her second and third grades of high school and overcame her depression.
Paris’ Relationship With Her Father
Paris, together with her brother, accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 Grammys on behalf of her late father. Together with her siblings and grandmother, she made plans for a documentary film Remembering Michael in memory of her late father. But the way she planned to raise funds for the project caused an uproar among fans and the media, which led to the project being canceled. At a glance at the documentary, Paris had talked about how she never had the chance to learn the moonwalk dance her father had promised her.
Just like her father, she enjoys music. Paris writes and sings her songs. She is a body-positive model and has sung about body image. In 2017, she was seen on MTV VMAS trying to pass on a message as a body-positive model, with a tuft of underarm hair exposed.
Paris is proud to be spiritual. You can see that in her chakra tattoo. She believes in the healing powers of crystals and gems and channels positive energy by reading tarot cards, burning incense and meditating. Paris blames Dr. Conrad Murray for her father’s death because he put her father under anesthesia.
Michael Jackson’s Sons
Michael had two sons; Michael Joseph “Prince” Jackson Jr. and Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II. Joseph is the first child of the late Michael Jackson and the late Debbie Rowe. He was born on February 13, 1997, in Los Angeles, California. Joseph was kept out of the limelight until the death of his father when he only performed a few times in public. Together with his sister Paris, he received his late father’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In May 2015 he graduated from Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. He attends Loyola Marymount College in Los Angeles. In 2013 Joseph had his first chance to become a media personality as a guest correspondent for Entertainment Tonight. He interviewed James Franco, Zach Braff, and Oz, the great and powerful director Sam Raimi. As a producer, director, scriptwriter, and actor, he wants to become a well-rounded person as he tells Entertainment Tonight. For the time being, however, he has decided to go into business.
Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II
The blanket is the 3rd child of the late Michael Jackson; born through an unknown surrogate mother. He was born on February 21, 2001, in La Mesa, California. The world got to see Blanket for the first time after his birth in a bizarre way. His late father carried him onto the balcony of her suite in the Adlon Hotel in Berlin on November 19, 2002, and held him over the railing to show him with a towel-covered face in front of fans and photographers. This led to monstrous headlines and even inspired an episode in the television series Law and Order.
He was only 7 years old when he lost his father. Blanket managed to stay out of the public eye. He was last seen in public when he accepted his late father’s Lifetime Award together with his siblings. It was the hardest thing for him to get used to his father’s death. He is currently enrolled at a Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, in Los Angeles.
In 2015, it was reported that he no longer wanted to be called Blanket; a name was given by his late father, who declared that it meant something of a blessing. The name caused him bullying, so he decided to be addressed as Bigi.
Michael Jackson – Cause of his death
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson was found in his room in his home in the Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, by his family doctor Conrad Murray with no detectable pulse and barely breathing. Dr. Conrad administered CPR to Michael for 5-10 minutes but it did not affect him. He then asked security to call 911 at 12:21 pm local time. The paramedics gave him C.P.R. for 42 minutes and then took him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m. after a one-hour resuscitation attempt.
Michael died from an overdose of propofol and benzodiazepine (a very strong anesthetic) which caused cardiac arrest. He had problems with dependence on painkillers, which had been recurring for years. Also, a month before his death, he had health concerns after several postponements of his high-profile “Come back” concerts. An autopsy found midazolam, diazepam, lidocaine, and ephedrine in his body.
Before His Death
The night before his death, Michael had been rehearsing after midnight before a series of comeback concerts at London’s 02 Arena. When he did not come out of his room the next day, Dr. Conrad had gone in to find that he was unresponsive. Dr. Conrad was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter for having administered propofol, lorazepam, and midazolam shortly before his death. His death has finally ruled a homicide on August 28, 2009, and Dr. Conrad served a two-year prison sentence. Dr. Conrad was also accused of not performing standard CPR on Michael.
Weeks before his death, Michael had sent a series of letters expressing his fears that he might be murdered. In total, he sent 13 letters expressing his fear that he might be murdered: “They are trying to murder me and I am afraid for my life”. His sister La Toya and his daughter Paris have also hinted that Michael was unlawfully murdered. His daughter revealed that her father dropped hints that people were out to kill him. However, this has yet to be confirmed.
Michael had a height of 5 feet 9 inches and a weight of 132 pounds. He had black eyes and black hair.