Michael Jackson's Mother Gets Temporary Custody of Kids, and Last Rehearsal May Become Album
A judge awarded Michael Jackson's mother temporary custody of his children Monday as Jackson's private physician described his final moments — and the possibility emerged of a live album, recorded on the eve of the superstar's death.
In another court action Monday, Katherine Jackson also sought control of her son's estate, court spokeswoman Vania Stuelp told TVGuide.com. The judge has not yet ruled on the motion.
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Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff scheduled a hearing for Monday on temporary custody of the children and an Aug. 3 hearing on Katherine Jackson's request to be their permanent guardian.
An attorney for the mother of Jackson's first two children, Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince Michael, 12; and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11, wrote in a statement that her client, Deborah Rowe, was only thinking of "the devastating loss Michael's family has suffered."
"Ms. Rowe requests that Michael's family, and particularly the children, be spared such harmful, sensationalist speculation and that they be able to say goodbye to their loved one in peace," attorney Marta Almli said.
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Jackson's third child, Prince Michael II, 7, was born to a surrogate mother.
The children are far from all the singer leaves behind. The promoters of his planned 50-concert comeback recorded the singer's extravagant rehearsals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, and could soon release a live album and DVD, The Wrap reported. "We have a live album in the can," the entertainment site quoted an AEG executive as saying.
On Monday, officials from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Department removed two bags of evidence from Jackson's home, Assistant Chief Ed Winter told TVGuide.com. According to the Associated Press, Winter told reporters outside the star's home that authorities had returned to gather "some medications," but he would not comment on the bags' contents to TVGuide.com.
Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner's investigative division told TVGuide.com that it is "standard protocol" to return to the home of the deceased during an investigation, often in response to requests for more information from the medical examiner. On Friday, the coroner deferred announcing an official cause of Jackson's death until further testing could be completed.
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In other developments:
-Attorneys for Jackson's private physician, Conrad Murray, told The New York Times the singer was unconscious but had a faint pulse when the doctor reached him.
-Another Murray attorney, Edward Chernoff, told the The Associated Press that contrary to news media reports his client "never prescribed nor administered Demerol to Michael Jackson. Not ever. Not that day. ... Not Oxycontin (either) for that matter."
-Jackson's manager, Frank DiLeo, said Monday on Good Morning America that he was the one who told the children their father had died. "They knew when I came into the room," he said. "I'm sure they just saw it on my face. They said, 'Say it's not true,' and I just said, 'I'm sorry.'"
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