Katherine Jackson is Safe With Family, L.A. Sheriff Says
Missing person report, tweets splits family on matriarch’s well being
After conflicting reports from various members of her family, Katherine Jackson is said to be safe and resting in Arizona on doctor’s orders, the Associated Press reports.
Jackson, the mother of late music icon Michael Jackson and guardian of his three children, was following a doctor’s order to “de-stress” and go off the grid, according to a statement her son Jermaine Jackson.
Los Angeles Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Pope confirmed that statement, after making contact with Katherine Jackson, who was with her daughter Rebbie.
Two members of the Jackson family, including Michael Jackson’s eldest child, Paris, raised concerns about Mrs. Jackson’s whereabouts in tweets. An unnamed family member filed a missing person report.
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News reports suggest Katherine Jackson’s retreat in Arizona stemmed from stressful dealings with her son’s massive estate and will.
From the AP story:
The incident demonstrated divisions in the Jackson family just days after five of the singer's siblings once again claimed that the King of Pop's will was a fake and that the executors of his lucrative estate should step down.
The undated letter, signed by Janet, Randy, Tito, Rebbie and Jermaine Jackson, claimed Katherine Jackson was being manipulated by the executors, John Branca and John McClain, her health had been affected, and she suffered a mini-stroke.
The estate has denied the accusations, which have swirled since Michael Jackson died from an overdose of a powerful anesthetic. Katherine Jackson obtained permission from a judge to investigate the will's validity, but never pursued the matter in court.
It was unclear who was taking care of Michael Jackson’s children, while Katherine Jackson was away.
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