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Michael Jackson: The Saga Continues

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Michael Jackson was finally laid to rest in a private ceremony at an undisclosed location.  Yet the saga over his estate looks set to continue.

The two main issues at stake are:

1#           The custody of his children

2#           The rights to his musical back-catalogue

The rights to the children seems mostly resolved, with Katherine Jackson (Michael’s mother) awarded custody.  The birth mother of two of the children, Debbie Rowe, has been granted visiting rights.  However this has been complicated by the revelation that daughter Paris, may have been fathered byMark Lester,  the star of the film Oliver.  This news only emerged when the actor, based in England, made a statement to the press, fearing he may lose access to his ‘daughter’.

The rights to the musical back catalogue looks set to run for a long time yet.  At the minute it looks like Katherine Jackson is the immediate benefactor, but that may be disputed by various business managers who have been crawling out of the woodwork.

The toxicology report of Mr Jackson’s autopsy has yet to be revealed but a few facts are known.  Mr Jackson was prescribed large doses of anti-depressants and sleeping pills that may have led to a cardiac arrest.  The offices of Mr Jackson’s personal doctor, Conrad Murray have been searched by the Drug Enforcement Agency pending an investigation.

Simple messages of thanks from around the Globe

Simple messages of thanks from around the Globe

The atmosphere at the Neverland Ranch, once Michael Jackson’s home, is said to be sombre.  Crowds of followers have appeared from all over the world to pay homage to their idol.  Flowers and simple messages of thanks and hope have been left as a simple thank you for those happy moments that his music has brought them.

The gates of Neverland

The gates of Neverland

Many thanks to Julia Love, my L A Correspondant

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Written by Nick Gilmartin

August 13, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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