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Michael Jackson's death is sad, and it is tragic.

It is not, however, something that should traumatize his fans, nor is this the end of the world. The Rev. Jesse Jackson says this and we have to agree.

Amid reports that distraught fans of Michael are becoming suicidal, the friend of the music icon is urging fans to get it together and "keep hope alive."

"This is a time when hearts are heavy. There is great pain but great cause to celebrate Michael's life," Jesse Jackson says. "It made Michael happy saying 'We Are the World.' Don't self destruct. We fall down sometimes, we get back up."

"That's the right thing to do. In Michael Jackson's name, let's live together as brothers and sisters and not die apart as fools."

MJ'S LEGACY: Michael Jackson is survived by the children he raised (Arnold Klein was the biological father). Jesse Jackson wants us to honor the star, not kill ourselves.

According to the U.K.'s Sky News and Gary Taylor, president and owner of the fansite MJJCommunity, at least 12 ardent fans have committed or attempted suicide in the aftermath of the superstar's death at age 50 on Thursday afternoon.

Pavel Talalayev, a Russian MJ impersonator who underwent plastic surgery to look like his idol, was among the first to attempt to take his own life.

The Barcelona Reporter is reporting an additional fan death in Tunisia.

So watch the video below, suicidal Michael Jackson fans, and remember that while he may be gone from this life, he did not take your CD collection.

Play it. Dance badly to it. There is so much to live for.

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Michael Jackson used to be married to Debbie Rowe, but neither were the biological parents of the singer's first two children, Michael Jr., 12, and Paris, 11.

Their father is Arnold Klein, Jackson's L.A.-based dermatologist and Rowe's former boss, multiple sources confirm to celebrity gossip magazine Us Weekly.

"He is the dad," says an insider of Arnold Klein, who has not commented. "He and Debbie signed an agreement saying they would never reveal the truth."

While Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson never confessed to their kids' true lineage, she did admit in 2002 that she carried his children as a "personal favor."

Neither has confirmed that the marriage was ever consummated.

"I said, 'Let me do this. You need to be a dad. You have been so good to me,'" Rowe - who met Jackson when she was a nurse's assistant in the 1980s - has said.

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News that Michael Jackson is not the biological father of any of his kids surfaced earlier today. Now we've learned he never legally adopted them either.

Neither Jackson nor Debbie Rowe are the biological parents of Michael Jr. and Paris. Nor is Michael the biological parent of Prince Michael Jackson II.

Jackson never filed legal papers to adopt any of his children. Legal experts say Jackson would be presumed the father but it's not conclusive by any means.

As for why Jackson didn't formally adopt them - some speculate at the time they were born, there was no third party he though would try to claim custody.

Jackson apparently never thought Rowe would mount a custody battle, which wasn't totally absurd, as she actually tried to give up all rights to them once.

However, the music icon's death at the age of 50 last Thursday, along with today's developments, has everyone guessing where the children will end up.

Michael Jackson Jr., Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson (Blanket).

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The late Michael Jackson was not the biological father of any of his three children.

Moreover, his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, is actually not the biological mother of the two children she bore for Michael, according to a report on TMZ.

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Multiple sources deeply connected to the births of Michael Jr., (aka Prince Michael Jackson I), Paris Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II (aka Blanket) claim Michael Jackson was not the sperm donor for the kids.

Nor were Debbie Rowe's eggs used.

All three children were conceived in vitro, outside the womb.

Debbie Rowe, it turns out, was merely the surrogate, and was compensated well for her services in the births of Michael Jackson Jr. and Paris Jackson.

In the case of Prince Michael Jackson II (Blanket, the youngest), TMZ says the surrogate was never told the identity of the "receiving parent" - Michael Jackson.

Three days after Prince was born at Grossmont Hospital in San Diego County, Jackson's lawyer came to the hospital to pick the baby up and deliver him to Michael.

It is unclear if Michael Jackson selected the sperm or egg donors or if he even knew anything about who Blanket's biological parents were.

If neither Michael Jackson or Debbie Rowe is a biological parent, what does that mean for the fate of Prince I, Prince II and Paris now that the King of Pop is gone?

Although Debbie Rowe is not the biological mother, some insiders say it is not a slam dunk that she would lose a custody battle for Michael Jr. and Paris.

Not shockingly, this type of case has never been litigated in California.

Since Rowe was married to Michael Jackson when Michael Jr. and Paris were born, there's a presumption (in legal terms) that she's the biological parent.

That presumption can be rebutted by other evidence.

There are apparently documents outlining the whole arrangement for the birth of all three kids. For now, though, it remains an open issue with the courts.

Rowe is said to have tried to contact Jackson's family since his death Thursday, but sources close to her say she has not actually communicated with them.

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In one of the more head-scratching statements in the Michael Jackson case so far, the lawyer repping Dr. Conrad Murray claims his client didn't call 911 immediately upon discovering Jackson unable to breathe and with only a faint pulse.

He waited 30 minutes before calling for help.

Attorney Edward Chernoff explained this somewhat odd revelation regarding the Michael Jackson 911 call by saying that Dr. Conrad Murray didn't call from his cellphone because know the exact address of Michael Jackson's rented mansion.

The house Jackson was renting is just above Sunset Blvd. in Beverly Hills, one of the most famous streets in the entire United States if not the world.

Chernoff said Murray eventually got someone in the house to make the 911 call. That (presently unknown) person is who is heard on the reporting.

Conrad Murray has already taken heat for performing CPR on Jackson as he was lying on a bed. CPR is usually done on a hard surface, like a floor.

Chernoff's excuse: it was a "firm bed."

Conrad Murray is not a suspect in any crime. Yet to some people close to the Michael Jackson case, his decisions on Thursday and prior to that may have been suspect.

Lastly, the doctor's attorney says the cardiologist - whose certification expired as of December 31 - is owed $300,000 by the promoter of the star's concerts.

Chernoff said that AEG Live is two months behind on paying Dr. Conrad Murray to serve as Jackson's personal physician during the run of the shows in London.

Randy Phillips, CEO and president of AEG Live, says the contract to pay Dr. Murray required Jackson's signature. Phillips says Jackson didn't sign the agreement.

Phillips says the firm had been negotiating to pay Murray $150,000 a month.

He says the company was only advancing the money to Michael Jackson, and the doctor's claim may now be against the singer's estate, over which disputes are already building. There is some confusion over whether a will exists and what it says.

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The L.A. County Coroner's office has confiscated various prescription drugs from the late Michael Jackson's rented Holmby Hills mansion, according to reports.

As Jackson's perplexing medical history continues to raise questions, Chief Investigator Craig Harvey confirmed that a team from the medical examiner's office, including a photographer and Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter, had been in the house.

The investigators emerged from the residence toting two large plastic bags, declining to mention any specifics of what they found inside or where.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the LAPD is in the process of interviewing a number of doctors who prescribed medication for Michael Jackson.

The initial Michael Jackson autopsy performed Friday was ruled inconclusive pending the results of toxicology tests in 6-8 weeks, although it has been confirmed that the singer, who died at age 50, was taking prescription medication.

A second autopsy requested by the family was performed the following day. The "leaked results" of the first autopsy going around are fabricated.

Michael Jackson (1958-2009)

We don't know for sure what caused Jackson's sudden heart failure, but his longtime friend Dr. Deepak Chopra has little doubt drug use may have come into play.

"He was extraordinary when he was in his ecstatic states. But he was also troubled, and he surrounded himself with people who were enablers and frequently avoided people who were trying to help him," he told CBS' Early Show.

"In the year 2005 after the trial, he came and stayed with us for a few days, and during that time he asked me for a prescription for OxyContin," he continued.

"I was very surprised, and I said, 'Why do you want that?' And he said, 'I have back pain.' And I said, 'You don't need that narcotic for back pain.' As I probed, I found out he was taking a lot of narcotics prescribed by different physicians."

"Somebody like that is obviously not in a normal state of consciousness," he said. "After a while, they actually believe that if they didn't get their fix, the drug, they might die. When taking narcotics, you need to be with very competent doctors."

Therein may lie the rub.

Despite claims not to have given Jackson OxyContin or Demerol, Dr. Conrad Murray, was working without board certification at the time of the star's death.

Specifically, the American Board of Internal Medicine confirmed that Dr. Conrad Murray's most recent board certification examination was taken in 1998.

His certification expired December 31, 2008.

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Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's ex-wife and mother of his two eldest kids, has left messages in hopes of getting in touch with the late singer's family.

She's been unsuccessful so far, according to reports.

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"We've been trying to reach them at different numbers," says Marc Schaffel, a former Jackson business associate who's close with Debbie Rowe. "We don't know if who we have been leaving messages with have gotten the messages."

Rowe is the legal parent of Prince Michael Jackson I (a.k.a. Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr.), 12, and Paris Jackson, 11, and most sources close to the situation think that she can likely obtain custody of the two children if she chooses.

Jackson's third child, Prince Michael Jackson II (a.k.a. Blanket), 7, was born to Michael via an unnamed surrogate who has never once been identified.

The children's grandmother and Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, was granted temporary guardianship after filing a petition in L.A. Probate Court.

In the 22-page document, Katherine claims the kids "have no relationship with their biological mother" and "have a long established relationship" with her.

"In all fairness I wouldn't say they are avoiding [Debbie]," Schaffel says, adding that Rowe usually contacts them through Jackson's business office. "Our understanding, though, is that the Jackson family does want contact with Debbie."

Schaffel says there were "several reasons" why Rowe reached out, including wanting "to offer input into a venue where they could have a public memorial."

"Debbie was absolutely devastated by Michael's death," he says.

"They had an incredible bond and friendship even prior to the marriage ... Debbie was a very good friend to Michael during all those years."

While Schaffel won't comment on whether Debbie Rowe has had contact with the kids the past few days, or will seek custody of them herself, "she understands it's a very difficult time for everybody involved, including the children."

"I think everybody involved would say they want to see the children have no more disruption in their life until their father has been put to rest."

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Michael Jackson's lawyer has a copy of the late singer's will and he intends to file it with the court, according to a report this afternoon on TMZ.

The Jackson family doesn't have a copy of the will, which is currently in possession of attorney John Branca. It's unclear how many wills Michael Jackson made out and when, but Branca believes he's looking at the most current.

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Branca says he has a signed will by Michael Jackson that he intends to file within 30 days. It is unclear at this time what Jackson's will might say.

John Branca has a long history with Jackson, having brokered the singer's famous deal for Jackson to purchase The Beatles' publishing catalogue in 1985.

Branca and Jackson stopped working together in 2006, but interestingly, he was re-hired just weeks ago. Michael died Thursday of cardiac arrest.

So far, the confirmed autopsy results are unclear as to the cause. The leaked autopsy results from earlier today are apparently completely fabricated.

Meanwhile, initial papers have been filed with the court to probate Michael Jackson's estate, and it seems Jackson's mom and dad don't know Michael had a will.

The petition was filed by Michael's parents, Joe and Katherine Jackson, who also filed a petition to obtain guardianship of Michael's children in court today.

But the odd thing regarding the will is that the Jacksons filed the papers saying the music icon died "intestate" - or in layman's terms, without a will.

The petition asks that Katherine Jackson be named as administrator of the will, meaning she wants to call the shots (and receive a commission, most likely).

The papers say Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael's two older children, Michael Jr. (Prince I) and Paris, will be served with notice of a hearing.

More details as the story develops.

Meanwhile, two photos believed to be from Jackson's final tour rehearsal at L.A.'s Staples Center (Tuesday, June 23) have surfaced. Click to enlarge:

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A guardianship petition has been filed for Michael Jackson's children by 79-year-old Katherine Jackson, the late superstar's mother, according to reports.

She is asking the court to appoint her the guardian for all three kids. The petition states the kids have "no relationship with their biological mother."

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That would be Debbie Rowe, in the case of Michael Jackson's older two children, Michael Jackson, Jr. (a.k.a. Prince Michael Jackson) and Paris Jackson.

The biological mother of his youngest child, Prince Michael Jackson II (a.k.a. Blanket) is not known, and believed by most sources to be a surrogate.

According to the petition, the three children of Michael Jackson are in the care of Katherine Jackson and they have "a long established relationship."

Michael Jackson's three children have been under the care of his mom Katherine (left) since his death Thursday. The future role of his ex-wife Debbie Rowe is unclear.

Katherine Jackson thinks it would be "best" to appoint her guardian of the star's offspring because they have been and are "comfortable in her care."

Debbie Rowe is named as mother of two kids (ages 12 and 11) in the petition. The petition says the value of Michael Jackson's assets is unknown.

As for Prince Michael II, Michael's third child, in the box where it says "mother" the box is checked "none." His DOB is listed as January 21, 2002.

The petition says it's "not known at this time" whether the mother (Rowe) will seek custody or if she agrees Katherine should be the legal guardian.

UPDATE: Katherine has been granted temporary guardianship of Michael's three kids. A hearing August 3 will determine if it will be permanent.

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The autopsy on Michael Jackson's body revealed him to be in terrible shape, with only pills in his stomach when he died, according to a report out of the UK.

These findings seem to substantiate allegations made by former Jackson nanny Grace Rwaramba, however, neither story has been independently confirmed.

The Sun, which claims to have obtained the autopsy results, claims:

  • Michael Jackson's hips, thighs and shoulders were riddled with needle wounds.
  • There is unexplained bruising on Jackson's knees and on the front of his shins.
  • That he weighed just 112 pounds, a shockingly low number for a 5'10" man.
  • His body was covered by a plethora of surgery scars were thought to be the result of at least 13 plastic surgery operations.
  • The star was bald at the time of his death and suffered several broken ribs, probably from the failed attempts to revive him.
  • There were four "injection sites" near his heart, where rescue workers reportedly shot adrenaline into his heart to restart it.

The graphic below outlines what the newspaper claims it learned from the autopsy results, which did not officially determine Jackson's cause of death:

Michael Jackson Autopsy Findings

Whether or not these claims are substantiated remains to be seen, so take it all with a grain of salt. In related news, the lawyer for Jackson's personal doctor, Conrad Murray, claims now that when Murray found Jackson, he had a faint pulse.

Murray's lawyer, Edward Chernoff, says Murray went into Michael Jackson's bedroom and saw he wasn't breathing, then immediately began administering CPR.

Chernoff told the AP, regarding his client, that "He just happened to find him in his bed, and he wasn't breathing. Mr. Jackson was still warm and had a pulse."

In response to a major story circulating, Chernoff says Murray did not prescribe or give Jackson Demerol or OxyContin at any point in his treatment of the star.

Rumors have surfaced that Jackson OD'd on Demerol. Chernoff says any drugs Murray prescribed were given in response to a specific complaint from Jackson.

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The Jamie Foxx moonwalk stole the show at the BET Awards Sunday night, but Janet Jackson's poignant tribute to her brother Michael Jackson was a close second.

"My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was just too painful so they elected me to speak with you," she told the crowd at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A.

"I would just like to say that to you, Michael is an icon," said Janet, who wore all white. "To us, Michael is family, and he will forever live in all of our hearts."

Janet Jackson, 43, is the youngest of the nine Jackson children.

"On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all your love; thank you for all your support," she went on, tearing up near the end. "We miss him so much."

As she exited the stage, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder and Ne-Yo performed a cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" as Michael Jackson photos played on screen.

Here's the video of Janet's tribute, followed by Foxx & Co.'s performance:

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