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According to various reports, Debbie Rowe has been offered at least $3 million from Michael Jackson's family if she does not fight for custody of her two biological children with the late music icon, Prince Michael and Paris Jackson, 12 and 11.

"One family member said $3 million, another said $5 million. My guess is that it will be somewhere in between," Jackson family friend Stacy Brown told ABC.

As part of the settlement, Debbie Rowe would get visitation rights to the two kids. Katherine Jackson, the star's mother, will remain the children's legal guardian, as specified in Michael Jackson's last will, written in 2002.

Michael is also father to Prince Michael Jackson II, a.k.a. Blanket, who was born to an unknown surrogate. His parents' identities have never been revealed.

Rowe has not accepted any deal, her attorney says. But numerous reports suggest there are offers on the table and ongoing negotiations.

Another report says the proposed deal would not prevent Michael's father Joe Jackson from seeing the kids, and multiple sources told ABC News that Debbie Rowe is insisting on a clause that prevents him from ever being named guardian.

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Debbie Rowe is considering fighting for custody because she felt Katherine was too old to care for them and concern about Joe being around them. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

A custody hearing that had been scheduled for yesterday was recently postponed until July 20. Rowe's attorney says she will attend the hearing.

The New York Post, which reported that Debbie Rowe was to receive about $4 million in a settlement, says the proposed agreement "takes away any rights she has to challenge custody at any given time... this would be it."

It wouldn't be the first time Rowe - who insists she is the biological parents of Paris and Prince despite reports circulating that she is not their mother - was paid for for giving up custody of the children she had with her ex-husband.

In a 2005 hearing - around when Jackson was acquitted on molestation charges - his lawyer says Rowe got "about $4 or $5 million up front," and a mansion in Beverly Hills, plus $900,000 a year for a number of years if she abided by the terms.

ABC says child welfare officials recently interviewed the children at Katherine Jackson's Encino, Calif. home, which is standard in cases such as this.

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An official with the Los Angeles County Coroner's office says toxicology reports that may determine the cause of Michael Jackson's death could be completed soon.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter said that some of the results from tests to determine what substances Jackson may have had in his body when he died are in.

The outstanding toxicology results are expected at the end of this week or early next week. When all the tests are done, the results will be released the next day.

For now, the music icon's cause of death is officially listed as unknown.

Depending on what drugs Jackson took and who gave them to him, the LAPD has not ruled out classifying the singer's death a homicide. To that effect, Michael's sister La Toya has suggested that essentially, Jackson was murdered.

Michael Jackson died suddenly of cardiac arrest June 25.

Authorities are investigating claims the star consumed large amounts of prescription drugs. The powerful anesthesia Diprivan (the brand name of Propofol), normally only administered in hospitals, was among items found in his home.

In addition to the toxicology tests, the LAPD and the coroner's office has subpoenaed medical records from doctors who have treated Jackson in recent years.

Recent reports have suggested that investigators' focus is zeroing in on Dr. Conrad Murray, who was Jackson's personal physician at the time of his death.

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La Toya Jackson, the grieving sister of the late Michael Jackson, blames a seedy cast of manipulative hangers-on for effectively murdering her star.

In an interview with the Daily Mail (UK), La Toya, who signed her brother's death certificate, portrayed Michael Jackson as a lonely, isolated figure.

A figure at the mercy of a shady, money-motivated clique.

She accuses people with access to Michael Jackson of cutting the star off from his family and friends and forcing him, largely against his will, to sign up for the gruelling commitment of 50 concerts at London’s O2 arena.

Those shows were set to begin shortly after he died June 25.

La Toya Jackson believes her brother was fed addictive drugs by handlers who wanted to control his moods. She says they regarded him as a "cash cow" and exploited him at every turn. It was this, she believes, that led directly to his death.

While the cause of Jackson's death is unknown and the formal state autopsy results not due back for weeks, La Toya had a private autopsy conducted.

She received the results on Friday and while she won’t comment on the details until the police and coroner's office conclude their investigations, she did reveal that four fresh needle marks were found on Michael Jackson’s neck.

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La Toya, 53, said: "I believe Michael was murdered, I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people."

"He was surrounded by a bad circle. Michael was a very meek, quiet, loving person. People took advantage of that. People fought to be close to him."

"A month ago, I thought Michael was going to die before the London shows because he was surrounded by people who didn’t have his best interests at heart."

"Michael was worth a billion dollars. When anyone is worth that much money, there are always greedy people around them. I said to my family a month ago."

"He’s never going to make it to London."

La Toya said Michael himself never believed he would live to be an old man and feared he would die in his fifties, and that he was isolated from his family.

She says she is speaking out now to "put the truth out there."

The LAPD has not ruled out classifying Jackson's death a homicide if it is revealed that his doctors provided and administered substances that killed him.

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Debbie Rowe, the ex-wife and biological mother to two of Michael Jackson's three children, has kept a low profile since the icon's death on June 25.

But now that a hearing has been scheduled at Los Angeles Superior Court July 20 for temporary guardianship of the children, Rowe will be seen.

"[Debbie] says that she will definitely be at the custody hearing," says Marc Schaffel, a business partner of Jackson's and a close friend of Rowe's.

Rowe's children – Prince Michael and Paris Jackson, 12 and 11 – have been staying with their grandmother Katherine Jackson at her Encino, Calif., home since the star singer's death, along with Blanket (Prince Michael Jackson II), 7.

Jackson's youngest child was born from an unidentified surrogate.

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Debbie Rowe is hounded by photographers. [Photo: Fame Pictures]

While Debbie Rowe famously tried to give up parental rights to Prince Michael and Paris - and still to this day extols Michael Jackson's virtues as a father - her lawyer says she will fight for custody now. Whether she'll get it is unclear.

Katherine Jackson was named guardian in Jackson’s will, which was revealed last week, and is petitioning the court to keep the children with her.

Neither party is required to appear personally in court, officials say.

What do you think? Should Debbie Rowe get custody?

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Be careful what you write in your high school yearbook, teens. It may end up looking pretty creepy years later (then again, there's always Facebook).

Michael Jackson's former nanny, Grace Rwaramba, fulfilled some or most of her high school fantasies when she became a part of the late superstar's life.

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It's a bit sad, but true.

Jackson is mentioned not once, twice, or thrice, but four times in Rwaramba's 1985 yearbook from The Academy of the Holy Family in Connecticut.

Here's one of those references:

In one section, fellow classmates apparently predicted Grace Rwaramba would marry the singer and have her "own generation of Jackson 5."

Well... she came pretty close!

In the wake of Jackson's June 25 death from cardiac arrest, Grace Rwaramba spoke out about his drug addiction and financial problems. Michael's three children are said to be close with her, having been cared for her for a long period of time.

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The central target in the investigation into Michael Jackson's death is Dr. Conrad Murray, who was at Jackson's house when the singer went into cardiac arrest.

According to TMZ, the doctor is not cooperating with authorities, but they have still uncovered evidence linking him to the drug that may have killed Jackson.

As a result of Dr. Murray's second interview with police, the LAPD obtained a warrant to conduct a second search of Michael's home, and they found Propofol.

This powerful anesthesia should never be found or used outside a hospital. There is evidence Propofol was given to Jackson before his heart stopped beating.

There is also evidence Dr. Conrad Murray may have administered it.

Murray's lawyer, Ed Chernoff, would neither confirm nor deny if Dr. Murray administered Propofol to Jackson. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ if they conclude the doctor administered the drug, it may lead to manslaughter charges.

Investigators are also suspicious of the delay between Jackson succumbing to cardiac arrest and the ensuing 911 call, during which he was already unconscious. Murray says he waited 20-30 minutes because he didn't know the music icon's address.

Not only was Murray serving as Jackson's personal physician, but MJ lived on one of the most famous streets in the world - one house above Sunset Boulevard.

The investigation into Jackson's death has also fueled an investigation into his history with drug use and the doctors who may have enabled his habits.

Law enforcement is seriously investigating the prescription practices of several doctors who gave Michael Jackson access to various medications.

Investigators are particularly interested in doctors who used aliases to write prescriptions for Jackson. One of the central figures: Dr. Arnold Klein.

Jackson's staff complained that Klein was using the names of employees and others to help the star score drugs. More details as this story develops ...

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A doctor who treated the late Michael Jackson claimed that the singer self-injected Demerol into his system, according to the file from his 2005 molestation trial.

In the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's notes, a member of Jackson's security detail - a retired L.A. County Sheriff's deputy named Michael Laperruque - said at least several doctors were trying to get Michael Jackson off of Demerol at the time.

One of the doctors "was upset with Jackson because he had been self-injecting."

A Demerol overdose has been suggested as a possible cause of death for the music icon, who passed away suddenly on June 25 after suffering cardiac arrest.

Laperruque told detectives he had picked up Jackson's prescriptions for the star, usually under the name Chris Carter. Carter was one of Jackson's bodyguards.

Also, Laperruque said that one time when he was at Neverland Ranch, his job was to keep Jackson's family out because they were planning an intervention.

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Michael Jackson, center, with Drs. Arnold Klein, left, and Conrad Murray.

Meanwhile, sources say that a pair of doctors at the center of the inquiry into Jackson's death - Dr. Arnold Klein and Dr. Conrad Murray - have not turned over the medical records the L.A. County Coroner's office has requested.

According to TMZ, both doctors have turned over some records, but the coroner's office has not gotten complete Jackson medical records from either doctor.

And there's this:

A driver for Michael Jackson told the coroner's officials shortly after Jackson's death that the singer was going to see Dr. Arnold Klein multiple times a week in the months preceding his death and sometimes would spend 3-4 hours inside.

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LAPD Chief William Bratton says that depending on what toxicology tests turn up, the entire nature of their investigation into Michael Jackson's death may change.

"We are still awaiting corroboration form the coroner's office as to cause of death," Bratton told CNN. "That is dependent on toxicology reports due to come back."

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"Based on those reports, we will have an idea of what it is that we are dealing with. Are we dealing with a homicide or with an accidental overdose?"

Homocide. The potentially inflammatory word is not thrown around lightly by officials, and comes as the coroner's office subpoenas MJ's medical records from a number of doctors who treated him over the years, according to the Los Angeles Times.

On that list of docs? Dermatologist Arnold Klein.

"It was a standard subpoena. We turned over medical records to the medical examiner in response," attorney Richard Charnley said of the one served to Arnold Klein, who says he isn't the father of Jackson's children - as far as he knows.

Dr. Klein said on Larry King Live Wednesday night that he never prescribed Jackson anything stronger than Demerol, and that he had warned his patient against using Diprivan, a potent anesthetic that was found in Jackson's house.

Several search warrants for unidentified locations have also been issued in connection with the probe into Michael Jackson's prescription drug use.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the California Attorney General's Office are also assisting the LAPD's investigation of Jackson's death.

The star's county-performed autopsy revealed that he had been taking prescription drugs. On June 29, the coroner's office confiscated various drugs as well as medical equipment from the Holmby Hills mansion the singer had been renting.

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Older, never-before-seen pictures of Michael Jackson at home with his two older children, Prince Michael and Paris Jackson, have just been published by OK!

To sum them up in a word: Awww! It's so sad that their father is gone, and our hearts go out to these adorable children and their younger sibling Blanket.

The King of Pop was a music icon and a deeply troubled individual in many ways, but he was without a doubt a loving dad, and the children his top priority.

Paris Jackson's speech about him at his memorial service Tuesday said it all.

Click to enlarge the pictures below, showing MJ at Neverland, celebrating Prince's birthday in 2003, and posing with Debbie Rowe and baby Paris in 1998:

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The lingering debate over who is the biological father of Michael Jackson's kids did not exactly get answered yesterday by Dr. Arnold "Arnie" Klein.

On Good Morning America, he offered the cryptic non-answer that he is not the father ... to the best of his knowledge. That was a head-scratcher.

Last night, Arnold Klein took a similar route on Larry King Live, though he did elaborate a little bit, admitting that he donated sperm at one point - to a sperm bank, and not to Michael Jackson directly, he maintains adamantly.

As far as he knows, he is not the father of Jackson's children. End of story. The dermatologist said he's willing to submit to a DNA test to establish paternity.

Us Weekly has stated as fact that Klein is the biological father of Prince and Paris Jackson. No other celebrity news publication has confirmed this.

Meanwhile, Dr. Arnold Klein thinks Jackson and ex-wife Debbie Rowe (Klein's former assistant) did consummate their marriage. TMI there, Arnie.

As for the King of Pop's drug use, Klein insists he is not one of the five doctors currently under investigation for supplying Michael Jackson with dangerous prescription drugs that many believe led to his demise in some form.

But Dr. Arnie Klein, Michael Jackson's longtime friend, does now admit to giving him Demerol - one of the strong painkillers Jackson sought out.

Klein says it was only "on occasion" to sedate the pop legend.

Asked about Diprivan, the brand name for Propofol, the hospital-only anesthesia found in Jackson's house when he died, Klein said he was aware Michael was using it, but did not prescribe it, and wouldn't even know how to use it.

He also says he warned Michael Jackson of its dangers.

Here's Arnie Klein on Larry King Live ...