Michael Jackson Dies, Iconic Family Reactions to his Death
Update: Michael's family have started releasing statements about his death.
The grief-stricken member of the Jackson Five and family revealed he regretted not speaking to Michael "for awhile."
"My brother, the legendary king of pop, Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25, at 2:26 P.M.," Jermaine told the media shortly before 6:30 P.M. After taking deep breath, he then continued stating, "It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until the results of the autopsy are known."
Appearing obviously distraught, Jermaine went on revealing, "The personal physician who was with him at the time attempted to resuscitate my brother. As did paramedics who transported him to the hospital. Upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1:14 P.M., a team of doctors, including emergency physicians and cardiologists, attempted to resuscitate him for a period of one hour and they were unsuccessful."
He then ended his statement, saying "Our family requests that the media please respect our privacy during this tough time, and may Allah be with you Michael, always."
Michael Jackson, iconic figure in the entertainment industries from the 70s to present day, died of cardiac arrest after being admitted into UCLA Medical Center on Thursday, June 25, 2009. Jackson was the seventh child of the extremely talented Jackson family, including his sister, singer Janet Jackson, and several brothers with whom he formed the famously successful band, The Jackson 5.
Michael Joseph Jackson was born to Joseph Walter and Katherine Esther (nee Scruse) in Gary, Indiana. Joe and Katherine were working-class parents, with Joe working at a steel mill and performing in an R&B band, The Falcons, with his brother and Michael's uncle, Luther Jackson.
Michael was verbally and physically abused by his father throughout his childhood, about which he spoke for the first time in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, in 1993.
The seventh of nine children, Michael Jackson had eight siblings, all of whom have become successful singers, musicans, and/or instrumentalists in their own rights:
- Rebbie Jackson (Maureen Reillette "Rebbie" Brown)
- Jackie Jackson (Sigmund Esco)
- Tito Jackson (Toriano Adaryll)
- Jermaine Jackson (Jermaine LaJaune Jackson, now Muhammad Abdul-Aziz)
- La Toya Jackson (actress and TV personality as well as singer)
- Marlon Jackson (Marlon David Jackson)
- Randy Jackson ("Steven Randall Jackson)
- Janet Jackson (Janet Damita Jo Jackson)
In 1966, Michael formed The Jackson 5ive, originally The Jackson Brothers, with four of his brothers: Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon. Jermaine was replaced by brother Randy in 1976. The Jackson brothers became wildly successful and one of the most popular pop music phenomena in the 70s, covering various genres ranging from R&B and soul to pop, disco, and Motown. The Jackson 5ive remained active until 1990, after which Michael and his brother Jermaine launched their solo careers.
Michael Jackson married another famous music personality in 1994, Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of rock and roll king Elvis Presley. They underwent a friendly divorce less than two years later.
Jackson is survived by his three children, the two eldest of whom he had with dermatologist nurse Deborah Jeanne Rowe and the youngest whose mother's identity he refused to reveal:
- Michael Joseph "Prince" Jackson Jr.
- Paris Michael Katherine Jackson
- Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson II
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