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The last video of Michael Jackson - filmed just two days before he died - in preparation for his This Is It! tour has surfaced, and shows what might have been.

Here's MJ tearing into "They Don't Care About Us" ...

While tour organizer AEG Live has started refunding the roughly $85 million worth of tickets for Jackson's 50-night London run, but is also offering buyers the option of claiming the one-of-a-kind, Jackson-designed tickets as souvenirs.

"It is one of the hottest items on the memorabilia market right now," says an E! source working on the AEG-sanctioned refunding process. "People realize they can get more money selling them to collectors than getting a refund."

Tickets to the O2 arena shows are still selling for as much as $400.

Meanwhile, AEG is said to be planning to release Jackson's rehearsal footage on CD and DVD, packaged as "live concert" recordings. A movie is also being considered.

The entertainment conglomerate, which also owns L.A.'s Staples Center, where a funeral for Michael Jackson is set to take place Tuesday, is contemplating the idea of turning its planned MJ extravaganza into some sort of tribute event.

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Assuming the plans don't change again, Michael Jackson's private family memorial service will take place at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Forest Lawn in L.A.

Immediately after, a motorcade will then go to the Staples Center complex in downtown Los Angeles where the public memorial for him will be held.

Vintage MJ

The family still hasn't decided whether the public memorial service for Michael Jackson will be at the Staples Center or the smaller Nokia Theatre.

A decision on that is expected shortly. There has also been no decision yet on the allocation of tickets to the service, which should be in high demand.

As we reported earlier, the original venue, Neverland, was scratched.

Lots of crazy rumors are going around regarding Michael Jackson's funeral, and the family itself has issued contradictory statements, but we believe this to be the plan, based on the latest reports. More details to come soon, hopefully.

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She may have been left out of his will, but Debbie Rowe is not going away quietly when it comes to the two children she had with Michael Jackson.

Rowe's lawyer will attend next Monday's custody hearing to make sure her voice is heard regarding the fate of Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11.

Per Michael Jackson's wishes, the two kids have been in the care of his mother, Katherine Jackson, 79, since his untimely death last Thursday.

Contrary to celebrity gossip reports that Prince and Paris were conceived via donor egg and sperm outside of the womb, Debbie Rowe's attorney, Marta Almli, adamantly insists she is the biological mother of both Prince and Paris.

Reports that Michael Jackson's kids are not his - or Rowe's - surfaced this week, and were certainly some of the more shocking revelations since his death.

Dermatologist Arnold Klein - who was Rowe's boss, she worked as a nurse in his office - is said to be the biological father of Prince Michael and Paris.

He has not confirmed this.

In any case, Rowe was intentionally excluded from Jackson's estate, with the will stipulating that Katherine raise Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, 7.

Jackson's last will listed Rowe only in expressly stating she would not be getting any money or property from his estate. She was reportedly paid - handsomely - for her services as a surrogate mother and in her divorce settlement, however.

Rowe relinquished all rights to the kids upon divorcing Jackson, then sought to reinstate visitation after he was charged with child molestation in 2003.

She and Jackson reached an amicable resolution in 2006, though details of the arrangement remain murky. Equally unclear is whether Debbie Rowe will seek guardianship or visitation rights, or whether a court would grant this to her.

Monday's family court session will attempt to sort these issues out. Until then, Katherine Jackson maintains temporary custody of all three children.

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Michael Jackson's body had dozens of injection sites on his body, according to reports.

As we reported yesterday, Propofol, a powerful anesthesia, was found in his house after he died. Medical experts say there no medical justification for Jackson having this drug at home - it is used to knock people out before surgery via IV.

It is increasingly looking like Propofol (also known as its brand name, Diprivan) may have caused Jackson to go into cardiac arrest and die. The first Michael Jackson autopsy concluded no definitive cause of death, but evidence is piling up.

Experts say it's reckless for any doctor to supply Michael Jackson with Propofol period, let alone administer it at the singer's home. This raises concerns.

That Michael Jackson had dozens of injection sites on his body, if it turns out he did, should have made it clear to any doctor that he had a drug problem.

Criminal manslaughter is defined as the reckless disregard for human life. Do not be surprised to see charges brought against one or more doctors who gave drugs to Jackson, as we saw in the eerily similar Anna Nicole Smith case.

As for who gave Michael Jackson what drugs, when and how?


The LAPD has reportedly asked the DEA to assist them in its investigation into multiple doctors who treated and prescribed medications for Michael Jackson.

The DEA will help the LAPD hunt down the source of medications.

Jackson used a slew of aliases to get prescription meds, including the names Omar Arnold and Jack London. Those aliases were used by MJ to obtain Demerol.

The King of Pop also used the name of one of his bodyguards, as well as the name of the office manager for one of his doctors, to secure prescription drugs.

Sources say his prescription abuse was so egregious, one doctor would call a pharmacy and say Jackson was coming down to get Demerol. The pharmacy would then fill the prescription, leaving the patient's name completely blank.

While Jackson's personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, is not charged with any crime, suspicion of him is likely to increase if Jackson's abuse was this bad.

The DEA will be hunting down these aliases and others in an attempt to find out who allowed the likely addicted star to obtain the medications that may have ultimately resulted in his tragic death. More details as the story develops ...

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A photo of a dying Michael Jackson lying on a stretcher is the cover image on the latest edition of OK! Magazine, and is certain to elicit strong, mixed reactions.

The race is on to break the latest news on what may be the biggest celebrity gossip story ever, but do we really need to see "the last photos" of the pop icon?

OK! allegedly paid $500,000 for the cover picture you see below.

While covering Jackson's tragic death is unavoidable, would a tribute such as the commemorative covers released by Entertainment Weekly be more appropriate?

On the flip side, do you want to see all the details because you are interested in the story, even if the images of the dying Jackson happen to be upsetting?

What do you think of the picture on OK's "tribute" issue below? Is it disrespectful to Michael Jackson or are they just reporting the news? Tell us in our poll:

Michael Jackson OK! Cover

Did the magazine go too far with this Michael Jackson cover?

 

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Michael Jackson's family has released a statement regarding the rumors about potential services for the star at his Neverland Ranch, near Santa Barbara, Calif.

The family rep says:

Michael Jackson, Debbie Rowe, Prince Michael, Paris

“Contrary to previous news reports, the Jackson family is officially stating that there will be no public or private memorial at Neverland. Plans are underway regarding a public memorial for Michael Jackson, and we will announce those plans shortly.”

Clearly, there's plenty of confusion and mixed signals surrounding this. As for what is known about Michael Jackson's funeral, here's what we have gathered:

  • It won't be until next week
  • It will not be at Neverland
  • It will be in the Los Angeles area, and the Staples Center (where the L.A. Lakers play) is being rumored as option but this has not been decided.

As for Michael Jackson's will (written in 2002) and what it contains, no specific instructions regarding the singer's burial were given to our knowledge.

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One of the foremost entertainment and celebrity news magazines will honor the late Michael Jackson with four commemorative covers of the King of Pop this week.

Entertainment Weekly's covers feature Michael Jackson:

  • Singing at home in 1972
  • On the set of his revolutionary “Thriller” music video in 1983 
  • In a portrait taken in 1983
  • Performing in New York City on September 10, 2001

They're pretty cool. Click to enlarge each below ...

Michael Jackson Entertainment Weekly Cover (III)

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The basic details of Michael Jackson's will had already been leaked before the document was officially filed, but the full version contains some interesting info.

The five-page, seven-year-old document, signed July 7, 2002, was filed this morning. In it, the King of Pop gives custody of his children to his mother, Katherine.

In the will, Michael Jackson names Diana Ross as his choice for alternate guardian of his kids in the event his now 80-year-old mother was unable to raise them.

On that subject, Michael Jackson's will reads:

"If any of my children are minors at the time of my death, I nominate my mother, Katherine Jackson as guardian of the persons and estates of such minor children.

"If Katherine Jackson fails to survive me, or is unable or unwilling to act as guardian, I nominate Diana Ross as guardian of the persons and estates of such minor children."

It's unclear if the choice is as much news to Ross as it is to us.

As for the (alleged) mother of his eldest two kids, Debbie Rowe, Jackson left her out on purpose, writing: "I have intentionally omitted to provide for my former wife."

The fact that Jackson is rumored not to be the father, biologically, of any of the children (Arnold Klein may have done the honors) is not expected to have any bearing on what happens to his children, but there are no guarantees.

The pop music legend also stipulates that all his estate and assets - which, according to sources, hovered at an estimated $567 million in 2007, with a net worth of $236.6 million - be placed in the private Michael Jackson Family Trust.

According to the will, the music icon's estate "consists of non-cash, non-liquid assets, including primarily an interest in a catalog of music royalty rights which is currently being administered by Sony-ATV, and interests in various entities."

The document was written up by the late star's longtime lawyer John Branca and veteran music exec and family friend John McClain, both of whom were named as executors of both the will and the estate of Michael Jackson.

Branca and McClain said in a joint statement:

"The most important element of Michael's will is his unwavering desire that his mother, Katherine, become the legal guardian for his three children."

"As we work to carry out Michael's instructions to safeguard both the future of his three children and remarkable legacy he left us we ask that all matters involving his estate be handled with the dignity and the respect that Michael and his family deserve."

Click to enlarge a few pages of Michael Jackson's will below ...

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On this season's Michael Jackson night on American Idol, Kris Allen wowed viewers with an acoustic version of "Remember the Time."

In reaction, Paula Abdul said: "Kris, I truly believe no one knows Michael's catalog better than you."

Now, in an interview with Newsweek, the Idol chamopn - who started his run on the series with a rendition of "Man in the Mirror" - talks about the influence the late King of Pop had on his career.

On the first time he heard Jackson sing: I was probably 7 or 8 years old. The Dangerous album came out, and I bought it. It was a tape. It kind of stayed in my tape player forever.

On the appeal of Jackson: Every time you listen to this music you get this feeling and you always feel good. And as a kid, that's a captivating thing. His music was so easy to get lost into. I remember being 8 years old and dancing in my room to his music. Trying to dance like him, as well. It was ugly, but it was fun.

On hearing about Jackson's death: We were at rehearsal for the tour. Actually, [Adam Lambert] was on stage. He was almost done, and I was about to go up. We heard the news and we stopped everything and we canceled the rehearsal.

On his favorite Jackson song: I really, really like "Leave Me Alone." It's always been one of my favorites. But I don't know if you pick just one favorite Michael song.

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While we won't know Michael Jackson's official cause of death for several weeks, but the King of Pop's nutritionist, Cherilyn Lee, says she warned the pop icon about certain drugs just five days before he died from cardiac arrest.

In an interview with ABC News, Lee, who is also a registered nurse, said Jackson was suffering terribly from insomnia and practically begged her for Diprivan - the brand name for Propofol, an anesthetic normally administered in hospitals.

"He said, 'Find me an anesthesiologist - I don't care how much money they want - find me an anesthesiologist to be with me here overnight and give me this IV.'"

Cherilyn Lee said the 50-year-old singer complained his body felt cold on one side and hot on the other, and that she told him of the potentially lethal side effects, including cardiac arrest if combined with other prescription drugs.

"I said, 'This is not a safe medicine, please don't take this. I've been around you long enough now, Michael, I love you as family. I would not give this to anyone.'"

A practitioner of holistic medicine, Cherilyn Lee said she has worked with many celebrities. She met MJ in January and mainly treated his children for colds.

While Jackson seemed to be adamant about getting his hands on Diprivan, Lee admitted she never actually saw him take the drug. When she asked him what doctor may have prescribed him the sleeping agent in the past, he wouldn't say.

Investigators for the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office have confirmed to E! News that they confiscated drugs from Jackson's rented Holmby Hills house where he passed away, but refused to identify which substances were found.

Media speculation has focused on Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson's personal physician, who discovered the superstar unconscious in bed and administered CPR.

Edward Chertoff, an attorney for Murray, said over the weekend denying that his client did not Jackson certain painkillers, specifically Demerol and OxyContin. He made no mention of Diprivan or Lidocaine, also reportedly found at the house.

Michael Jackson Biography

Michael Jackson mug shot Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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Gary, Indiana
Full Name
Michael Joseph Jackson
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