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Katherine Jackson to get custody

Michael Jackson’s mother has agreed a deal to get custody of his children.

Katherine Jackson – who became the temporary guardian of Prince Michael I, 12, Paris, 11, and seven-year-old Prince Michael II shortly after her son’s death last month – has reportedly reached an agreement with the eldest two children’s biological mother Debbie Rowe.

Katherine’s lawyer L. Londell McMillan told US TV programme ‘Early Show’: “It’s an agreement, an agreement for the best interests of the children. This is not a money deal. This is not about money.

“There is no situation better for these children than for them to be raised and reared in the loving care of Mrs. Katherine Jackson.”

It is believed Katherine will be given full custody, while Debbie will receive visitation rights.

Debbie will not be given any money, contrary to reports she was willing to accept a lump sump to give up her rights to the children.

The Los Angeles Times newspaper claims a child psychologist will be hired to discuss how, when and where Debbie’s visits should take place.

Various reports suggest Prince Michael I and Paris have had little or no contact with their mother since she divorced Michael in 1999, when she gave up her parental rights claiming he was the best father imaginable.

McMillan also responded to claims Michael did not want his father Joe Jackson – who Michael accused of physically abusing him when he was a child – to help raise his kids.

He said: “I don’t think it’s valid at all. I think Joe Jackson is the husband of Mrs. Jackson, but he’s not living in Los Angeles.”

McMillan also spoke about Michael’s 2002 will, in which he named lawyer John Branca and former music executive John McClain as the executors of his estate.

Katherine is arguing she should be kept abreast of any decision made relating to Michael’s estate, even though she was not named an executor.

Howard Weitzman, the lawyer for Branca and McClain, argues Katherine and her attorneys are trying to “re-write Michael’s will” so she can be more involved.

McMillan said: “He’s incorrect. Mrs. Jackson is not contesting the will. We are not trying to rewrite the will. Our concern is for anyone to have extraordinary powers, they need to have extraordinary trust and integrity.

“The question is what happened to this will in 2002? How come no one knew about it? How come Mrs. Jackson didn’t know about it? How come I didn’t know about it? How come we learned about it the day we filed a petition in court stating he died without a will?

“That estate is worth, in my estimation, a couple of billion dollars. You hear $500 million. Don’t buy it.”


Michael Jackson died with doll

Michael Jackson was cuddling a doll when he died.

A Los Angeles Police Department source has claimed the ‘King of Pop’ spent his last night snuggling up to the “child-sized porcelain doll”, which was wearing a dress.

Detectives reportedly found the “bizarre toy” on the bed where Michael collapsed into a coma last month.

The source claims the star was “living in squalor” in the months before he died, with clothes and other items strewn around his bedroom in his rented Holmby Hills mansion in Los Angeles, which was kept “stiflingly hot”.

There were strange notes, apparently handwritten by Michael himself, stuck onto the room’s walls bearing the words “children are sweet” and “children are innocent”.
The police officer said: “The temperature upstairs was stiflingly hot, with gas fireplaces and the heating system on high because Jackson always complained of feeling cold.

“The singer’s bedroom was a mess, with items seemingly thrown about and some 20 handwritten notes stuck on the walls. A porcelain girl doll wearing a dress was found on top of the covers of the bed where he slept.”

The officer also claims the singer’s staff were banned from entering his room to clean up the mess.

Meanwhile, the fight for Michael’s inheritance between his mother Katherine and the attorneys for the singer’s estate and concert promoter AEG Live has intensified.

After losing a bid to be named temporary administrator of her son’s estate, Katherine has demanded to see hundreds of financial documents, including contracts her son had with his record label, concert officials and even his father Joseph.

In papers filed at Los Angeles Superior Court, Katherine said: “The special administrators of Michael’s estate have, up to this point, refused all requests. They are apparently intent on keeping me in the dark as much and for as long as possible.”

Attorneys for AEG Live – the company promoting Michael’s comeback concerts in London – argued Katherine could not be granted access to the documents because she “would not uphold a confidentiality agreement”.

Papers filed by AEG Live said: “Without the safeguards necessary to ensure the continued confidentiality of the artist agreement and any proposed modifications, AEG cannot provide such information to Ms. Jackson or her counsel without risking serious harm to its business.”


Michael’s nose MIA at autopsy

Michael Jackson’s nose was missing as he lay in state.

An eyewitness claims he saw the ‘Beat It’ singer’s body on an autopsy table of a Los Angeles morgue with part of his face completely disappeared.

The witness said: “The prosthesis he normally attached to his damaged nose was missing, revealing bits of cartilage surrounding a small dark hole.”

Jackson – who died a month ago today of a suspected cardiac arrest – was believed to have had a number of surgical operations change the shape of his nose, which eventually eroded it away. He was also thought to be obsessed with plastic surgery and altering his appearance.

The witness added: “Jackson’s face – which he had so painfully reworked and concealed from the public for decades now – lay out in the open undisguised under the harsh lights.”

One of the ‘King Of Pop’s former housekeepers has previously told how the singer kept a number of false noses, which he applied using plasters and glue.

Adrian McManus said: “In his closet he had a jar of fake noses and stage glue, which he told me he used for disguises. But some were similar to his real nose, just without the hole.”

Reasons for Jackson’s fascination with surgery are unclear, though he has hinted it was because he was bullied as a child. Other sources said he was desperate not to look like his father, Joe Jackson, whom he had accused of hitting him as a youngster and making fun of his appearance.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles police have named the pop legend’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray as a manslaughter suspect in a probe into the star’s death.

Although toxicology reports have not confirmed the exact cause of Jackson’s death, it is believed he had dangerous levels of intravenously administered anaesthetic drug Propofol in his body at the time of his passing.

Dr Murray was with the singer when he died and also made an attempt to revive him.

A warrant issued by police allowed officers to search Murray’s assets for: “Property or items constituting evidence of the offence of manslaughter that tend to show Dr Conrad Murray committed the said criminal offence.”

Murray denies involvement in the singer’s death.

Well there is only one thing i have to say about this article form Yahoo! Entertainment…have some respect for the deceased. Who really cares what he did in his free time with his nose and stage glue?  Facsinating, yes, but c’mon, it’s been a month since his death… and yes i do know i’m sounding pretty hypocritical here considering i put the article up, but only because i know there are heaps of MJ fans out there who would like to know this stuff-but also because i thought to make a point about what i think, and that is that the media needs to give it all a rest right about now. it’s major news and all but the family is in mourning and besides, the guy really deserves some respect, and it doesn’t make a difference about who he was or what he did with his life.


Prince Michael watched dad die

Michael Jackson’s eldest son was forced to watch his father die, the singer’s family have claimed.

The pop superstar’s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, allegedly made 12-year-old Prince Michael I watch his attempts to resuscitate him after he suffered a suspected cardiac arrest as he wanted a witness.

However, the Jackson family believe Michael had already been dead for at least two hours and Murray’s actions left Prince “understandably traumatised”.

Dr. Hoefflin, a family friend speaking on behalf of Michael’s mother Katherine, told Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “I have been told by the family and from talking to the children that on the day Michael died, Dr. Murray actually got one of the Jackson children – it was Prince Michael I – to personally come into the bedroom to watch him perform CPR on his father.

“The family have told me Dr. Murray ensured Prince Michael understood the CPR procedure and that he was doing it correctly. It is the family’s belief that this was intended to show a member of Michael’s family that he was trying to bring Michael back to life.
“In my opinion Dr Murray should have known Michael was already dead and I believe that is the reason he didn’t move him from the bed to the harder surface of the floor to perform CPR.”

While Prince still struggles to come to terms with his father’s death his 11-year-old sister Paris is dealing with her grief by sleeping with a teddy bear her dad gave her.

Michael’s brother Jermaine said: “Paris sleeps with a teddy bear with Michael’s scent on – it’s so cute. It’s a little doll that he gave her and she sleeps holding it every night.”

Prince and Paris are also helping their younger brother, seven-year-old Prince Michael II, known as ‘Blanket’, come to terms with the loss of their beloved father.

Jermaine added: “I think ‘Blanket’ understands his dad has passed because of the ceremony we had. Prince and Paris are very bright and they have tried to explain it to him. And there is therapist with them to get through this time as well.”

Meanwhile, lawyers handling Michael’s estate are seeking a court-ordered allowance for his three children and mother Katherine.

A lawyer representing the temporary executors of his estate asked a judge to approve the allowance and the requests will be considered on August 3.


Jackson’s ex says he’s not the father!!

Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe has admitted that the singer is not the father of his two eldest children.

In an interview with British tabloid News of the World Rowe says she was artificially inseminated with the sperm of an anonymous donor to conceive son Prince Michael, 12, and daughter Paris Michael, 11.

Rowe, who worked as a nurse at the practice of Jackson’s dermatologist before marrying the singer in a surprise Sydney ceremony in 1996 – told the paper she does not want custody of the two children and expects not to see them again.

“I was just the vessel,” she told the paper in an interview which ran yesterday. “I got paid for it, and I’ve moved on.

“I know I will never see my children again.”

Since Michael Jackson’s death Debbie Rowe is no longer bound by the confidentiality agreement she signed with the singer after their marriage. Rowe, 50, received a multi-million dollar payout following the couple’s divorce in return for giving up all custodial claims to her son and daughter.

She now lives on a ranch in a remote part of California which she shares with 11 dogs and around 30 horses.

Rowe agreed to have children for the singer after his first wife, Lisa Marie Presley, refused to start a family with him.

“I went to the ‘office’, which is what we called the medical clinic. They impregnated me. It’s just like I impregnate my mares for breeding. It was very technical.

“Just like I stick the sperm up my horse, this is what they did to me. I was his thoroughbred.”

The end of the couple’s union came, Rowe claims, after the difficult birth of daughter Paris. In a previous interview Michael Jackson admitted taking a newborn Paris from the hospital where she was born just hours after her birth, with the placenta still attached to the baby.

“The delivery was so hard. My insides were all torn up and I was barren. When he knew I couldn’t have any more babies he didn’t want anything to do with me.”

The couple never consummated their marriage, with Rowe receiving a kiss on the cheek from Jackson on their wedding night.

“He wanted to pretend that we were a family. But we never lived together as a couple. We never had sex. He was on the road, doing his thing.

“He never wanted to live with me. That’s why he bought me a house. There was always ‘my house’ and ‘his house’, never ‘our house’.

“We would jump in bed together and read magazines and watch movies, with all the animals around us before the kids were involved. We used to hang out with each other.

“But that was his life. That’s Michael. That was what it was like.”

Despite reports, she says she will not fight for custody of the Prince and Paris. The children are expected to live with their paternal grandmother, Katherine Jackson, in Encino, Los Angeles. Jackson’s youngest son Prince Michael II, also known as ‘Blanket,’ was born to an anonymous surrogate mother in 2002.

“I was never a good mother, I never felt any attachment to them. It was a better feeling giving them to him than it was keeping them as my own. “I was never cut out to be a mother – I was no good. I don’t want these children in my life. My children are my animals now.”

Article from Yahoo! Entertainment
Her just saying that ‘ I don’t want these children in my life. My children are my animals now.’, i wonder if she even thought ONCE what effect that may have on the kids. I mean, whatever, but she doesn’t have to be such a cow about it. Quite honestly, i think she’s right in saying she isn’t ‘cut out to be a mother’ because God forbid anyone having a mother like that! I just think it’s so wrong, how could she be telling the press this? God has she no shame?!

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Michael Jackson’s family seeks second autopsy

Michael Jacksons Funeral

Michael Jackson's Funeral

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Michael Jackson’s family gathered at his parents’ suburban Los Angeles home on Saturday to make funeral arrangements for the troubled King of Pop amid reports that they are seeking a second, independent autopsy.
The entertainer’s father, Joseph, issued a statement calling his son’s death “one of the darkest moments of our lives” and urging fans not to despair.

Jackson’s body was returned to his family on Friday night after an examination by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office failed to determine what killed the 50-year-old entertainer, pending toxicology tests that were expected to take weeks.Meanwhile a lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray, who was at Jackson’s rented mansion in the Holmby Hills neighbourhood of Los Angeles when he collapsed, said the physician had agreed to answer questions from police detectives.

“Dr. Murray intends to fully cooperate with investigators and law enforcement as they attempt to piece together what happened,” attorney Bill Stradley told Reuters in an interview.

“Contrary to what has been out there, Dr. Murray has been cooperating with authorities from the outset and will continue to do so,” Stradley said. “The impression that he has been hiding from authorities, that’s not correct.”

Murray was desperately trying to revive Jackson when paramedics arrived and he rode with the singer in an ambulance to the hospital where the pop star was pronounced dead.

Police have said they wanted to further question Murray, a Houston-based cardiologist, about the circumstances of Jackson’s death but had not been able to arrange an interview.

Murray’s silver Mercedes was towed from the home where Jackson died so detectives could search it for evidence and medication.

MOVING VANS EMPTY HOME

The celebrity website TMZ.com reported that a second autopsy was underway at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, on the orders of the Jackson family.

Speculation has centred on Jackson’s use of prescription drugs and reports that he was injected with the narcotic painkiller Demerol shortly before he went into cardiac arrest.

Coroner’s officials have said that with no outward signs of trauma to Jackson’s body or evidence of foul play, they would have to wait for the results of toxicology tests and other studies to establish a cause of death.

Few other details were released about the autopsy’s findings, but Fox News reported on its website that investigators had found his body to be healthier and stronger than they had expected, with some scarring on the face.

Moving van crews emptied the rental home of Jackson’s belongings, reportedly on the orders of his father, Joseph, who was concerned they would be stolen.

In his statement to fans, Joseph Jackson said: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives we find it hard to find the words appropriate to this sudden tragedy we all had to encounter.”

He added: “We miss Michael endlessly, our pain cannot be described in words. … But please do not despair, because Michael will continue to live on in each and every one of you.”

Fans thronged outside the family home in suburban Encino, festooning a fence bordering the property with signs, balloons, flowers and stuffed animals.

“Michael was a flower of the world,” 48-year-old artist Karen Mack said as she laid two paintings devoted to her idol along the fence. “His strangeness was an uncomfortable factor but everything else made up for it.”

Facing a battered reputation and a mountain of debt that The Wall Street Journal reported ran to $500 million (302.5 million pounds), Jackson spent the last two months of his life rehearsing for a series of London concerts that were seen as a make-or-break comeback for the man who dominated the pop charts in the 1980s.

(Additional reporting by Laura Isensee and Dean Goodman, editing by Todd Eastham)

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Drug use key question in Jackson’s sudden death

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – One day after Michael Jackson’s sudden death, speculation turned to what killed the 50-year-old “King of Pop” on the cusp of a long-awaited comeback concert series.

A family attorney said on Friday he had been concerned that Jackson’s use of prescription drugs for dancing-related injuries would eventually prove fatal and that the entertainer’s inner circle had ignored his warnings.

A Jackson family member told celebrity website TMZ.com the singer had been given an injection of the painkiller Demerol before he went into full cardiac arrest at his rental home around midday on Thursday. TMZ soon after broke the news that Jackson had died at a Los Angeles hospital.

The Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said the autopsy would begin Friday morning, but it could take six to eight weeks to determine a cause of death, which will likely have to wait for the return of toxicology tests. Those tests will determine if Jackson had any drugs, alcohol or prescription medications in his system.

LEGIONS OF FANS

At dawn on Hollywood Boulevard, fans gathered at Jackson’s star on the Walk of Fame to honor the former child prodigy who became one of the best-selling pop artists of all time before descending into a strange and reclusive lifestyle amid accusations of child molestation.

“His music was the soundtrack of my childhood,” said Tassa Hampton, 32, as she knelt to light a white votive candle amid a growing pile of flowers and posters. “I didn’t realize what a loss it was until he was gone.”

Jackson’s passing was front-page news around the world as airwaves filled with his greatest hits from “Thriller” to “Billie Jean” and social networking sites were bombarded with messages and tributes from fans and musicians.

“It’s so sad and shocking,” former Beatle Paul McCartney said. “I feel privileged to have hung out and worked with Michael. He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever.”

The family has yet to announce details of funeral services. Jackson’s body was flown by helicopter from the hospital to the coroner’s office late Thursday.

Lawyer Brian Oxman, a spokesman for the Jackson family, told CBS’s “The Early Show” Friday that he had been concerned about the prescription drugs that Jackson took due to injuries suffered while performing.

“I had warned everyone that I could warn and I told them that one day, Michael Jackson is going to wake up dead, which is a very odd way of putting it,” Oxman said.

“I do not want to point fingers at anyone because I want to hear what the toxicology report says and the coroner says but the plain fact of the matter is that Michael Jackson had prescription drugs at his disposal at all times,” he said.

Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery Homicide division searched Jackson’s home in the upscale Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles at the behest of Chief William Bratton.

The doctor who lived at Michael Jackson’s house is missing, TMZ reported. A law enforcement source told TMZ that the doctor, whose name is not known, gave Jackson an injection before he died.

Facing a battered reputation and a mountain of debt which The Wall Street Journal reported ran to $500 million, Jackson had spent the last two months rehearsing for the London concerts, including Wednesday at the huge Staples Center arena, home to the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team.

A complex process began in London to refund ticketholders, including people who bought tickets for sell-out shows from unauthorized dealers. A pair of “VIP” passes was offered on e-Bay recently for 16,000 pounds (over $25,000).

In death, Jackson’s music enjoyed a commercial renaissance that had eluded him for years. His songs surged to the top 15 slots on online retailer Amazon.com Inc’s best-selling albums within hours.

TAINTED TALENT?

Jackson dominated the charts in the 1980s and was one of the most successful entertainers of all time, with a lifetime sales tally estimated at 750 million records, 13 Grammy Awards and several seminal music videos.

“Michael was and will remain one of the greatest entertainers that ever lived,” said Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Jackson’s first label boss. “He was exceptional, artistic and original. He gave the world his heart and soul through his music.”

Jackson’s reputation as a singer and dancer was overshadowed in recent years by his increasingly abnormal appearance and bizarre lifestyle, which included his friendship with a chimp and a preference for the company of children.

He named his estate in the central California foothills Neverland Valley Ranch, in tribute to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Panstories, and built amusement park rides and a petting zoo.

Jackson was twice accused of molesting young boys and was charged in 2003 with child sexual abuse. He became even more reclusive following his 2005 acquittal and vowed he would never again live at Neverland.

Despite reports of Jackson’s ill health, the promoters of the London shows, AEG Live, said in March that Jackson passed a 4-1/2 hour physical examination with independent doctors.

Jackson was born on Aug. 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana, the seventh of nine children, and first performed with his brothers as a member of the Jackson 5.

His 1982 album “Thriller” yielded seven top-10 singles. The album sold 21 million copies in the United States and at least 27 million internationally.

The following year, he unveiled his signature “moonwalk” dance move, gliding across the stage and setting off an instant trend, while performing “Billie Jean” during an NBC special.

In 1994, Jackson married Elvis Presley’s only child, Lisa Marie, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1996.

Jackson married Debbie Rowe the same year and had two children, before splitting in 1999, and he later had another child with an unidentified surrogate mother.

He is survived by three children named Prince Michael I, Paris Michael and Prince Michael II, known for a brief public appearance when his father displayed him to fans in Germany by holding him over the railing of a hotel balcony. (Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Jackson ‘on medication’ before death

Michael Jackson, who died of cardiac arrest, was taking prescription drugs to get into shape for his concert comeback next month, a family lawyer says.

Jackson died on Thursday, sending shockwaves sweeping across the world and prompting tributes for the tortured music icon revered as the “King of Pop.”

Jackson, 50, collapsed at his rented mansion in the exclusive Los Angeles neighbourhood of Holmby Hills and was rushed to hospital by paramedics before being pronounced dead at 2.26 pm on Thursday (0726 AEST Friday).

Jackson, one of the most influential figures in pop music history whose four-decade career included the highest-selling album of all-time, Thriller, had been preparing for a concert comeback in London next month that he had dubbed “the final curtain.”

The tour was to be the first of a series of shows in more than a decade and the first since his 2005 child molestation trial.

Jackson had pushed back the opening dates last month, although organisers insisted the delay was not linked to Jackson’s health.

Randy Phillips of concert backers AEG Live said at the time: “I would trade my body for his tomorrow. He’s in fantastic shape.”

But Jackson lawyer and family spokesman Brian Oxman said he had had concerns about the singer’s condition, revealing that Jackson had been taking prescription medication as he prepared for his comeback.

Oxman compared Jackson’s fate to the overdose death of Playboy centrefold Anna-Nicole Smith, voicing concern over “enablers” in his entourage.

“The people who have surrounded him have been enabling him … if you think that the case of Anna-Nicole Smith was an abuse, it was nothing to what we have seen in Michael Jackson’s life,” Oxman told CNN.

“When you warn people that this is what’s going to happen and then it happens – where there’s smoke there’s fire.”

News of Jackson’s death triggered an outpouring of grief as shocked pop music superstars, foreign governments and devoted fans paid tribute to the troubled star who struggled to rebuild his career after a 2005 acquittal for child abuse.

Los Angeles County coroner’s spokesman Lieutenant Fred Corral said an autopsy would is likely to be carried out on Friday. He would not speculate on the exact cause of death.

Jackson’s brother Jermaine, the family’s official spokesman, later revealed physicians had battled for more than an hour to revive the star after his arrival at the UCLA Medical Centre, before he was pronounced dead.

“Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time,” Jermaine Jackson said.

“May Allah be with you, Michael, always.”

As the sun began to sink over Los Angeles, a coroner’s office helicopter bearing Jackson’s body took off from the UCLA Medical Centre, where hundreds of media and fans had gathered throughout the day.

Meanwhile, police motorcycle riders surrounded Jackson’s gated mansion as crowds of tourists and fans gathered, snapping photographs of the property’s wrought iron gates.

Pop diva Madonna was among dozens of celebrities who struggled to cope.

“I can’t stop crying over the sad news. The world has lost one of the greats but his music will live on forever.” the singer said in a statement

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband also posted his thoughts on micro-blogging site Twitter.

“Never has one soared so high and yet dived so low. RIP Michael,” Miliband wrote.

Lana Brown, a 49-year-old tourist from Dallas, broke down in tears as she digested the news.

“Right today I can’t believe we might have lost the best entertainer this world has ever seen,” she told AFP.

While Jackson ruled the charts and dazzled audiences with electric dance moves like the backwards “moonwalk” in the 1980s, his once-stellar career was overshadowed by his colourful public behaviour, his startling physical transformation and multiple allegations of child abuse.

Jackson lived as a virtual recluse following his 2005 acquittal on charges including child molestation and plotting to kidnap his young accuser.

Despite his acquittal, the trial was a body blow from which the pop music superstar, who named his ranch for Peter Pan’s “Neverland” of perpetual childhood and furnished it with Disney-inspired rides, struggled to recover.

Four years later, Jackson was still worshipped by fans for revolutionising music, dance and music videos at the peak of his success.

The attention paid to him in recent years was less flattering, focusing on apparent cosmetic surgery – which he denied – his baby dangling antics and a decade of child abuse allegations.

Born on August 29, 1958, Jackson made his show business debut with four of his older brothers in the Jackson Five pop group and went on to lead the stage clan with a piping soprano and dazzling dance moves.

By 1969 the group had signed a contract with Motown Records, becoming one of the last great acts to emerge from the legendary label.

The Jacksons produced seven platinum singles for Motown, selling more than a million, and three multi-platinum albums, selling more than two million. They moved to CBS’s Epic Records in 1976.

Despite the early success, Jackson was to recall those years as unhappy and lonely ones. Eventually the family act broke up and Jackson went solo.

In 1979, Quincy Jones produced Jackson’s first solo album for Epic, Off the Wall, a huge disco-oriented success that sold 10 million copies.

They teamed up again in 1982 for what would be Jackson’s breakthrough album as a composer and co-producer – Thriller. It became the top-selling album of all time, with sales exceeding 41 million.

Jones reacted with shock after being informed of Jackson’s death on Thursday.

“I’m absolutely devastated at this news. I just don’t have the words. Divinity brought our souls together and allowed us to do what we could do through the ’80s,” Jones said.

“To this day that music is played in every corner of the world and the reason is because he had it all – talent, grace, and professionalism.

“I’ve lost my little brother today and part of my soul has gone with him.”

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