News: The Jackson Family, the Music the Drama and the Fame

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Janet, the baby of the family, is the most prominent and successful of the “other” Jackson family members. She has been a bona fide musical phenomenon since her debut in 1982.

Rhythm Nation is still the only album in history to include singles that topped the charts in three different calendar years. It’s also the only album with seven top-5 singles.

Janet also had the most significant acting career, gaining fame as Penny on the ‘70s sitcom Good Times and as Charlene on Different Strokes during the ‘80s. After the Super Bowl half time controversy, Janet was blacklisted from the industry. But in 2007, she was in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married as well as its sequel a few years later.

Katherine Had to Defend Her Kids
The now 90-year-old has spent the last couple of decades speaking to the media and defending her children, mostly Michael. As of 2011, Katherine was living with her grandson T. J. Jackson and his family in Calabasas, California. She claimed she was never estranged from Joe and denied the rumors that Joe was banned from the family home.

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According to Jermaine’s 2011 book, You Are Not Alone: Michael Through a Brother’s Eyes, Katherine told Michael that before she died, she wanted to see her sons perform together one more time. Katherine most recently appeared at the BET Awards in 2015 with Janet as she accepted the Ultimate Icon Award.

Was It Voluntary or Involuntary?
The world was shocked when Michael died in 2009. Leading up to his death, he was rehearsing and pushing himself beyond his limits for his upcoming tour in London. His daughter Paris told Rolling Stone in 2017 that she’s positive her father was killed intentionally by Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael’s former doctor. Murray had prescribed him what proved to be a deadly combination of medication.

Murray was later found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011. According to Paris, it was voluntary. The family also sued AEG Live, Michael’s concert promoter, for overworking Michael and creating a need for him to use drugs. AEG Live was actually the one that hired Murray as Michael’s doctor. The Jacksons lost the case.

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