UPDATE: Michael Jackson’s 82-year-old mother has been found
Katherine Jackson, the mother of Michael Jackson and guardian of his three children, who was reported missing on Saturday has been found. She is presently with a family member in Arizona, authorities said late Sunday, one day after another relative reported her missing.
Katherine Jackson is with her daughter Rebbie in Arizona, following a doctor’s orders to “de-stress” and stay away from the phone and computers, her son Jermaine Jackson said in a statement late Sunday.
Our previous report:
Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, was reported missing late Saturday night after her grandchildren have been unable to contact her for a week, according to reports.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says Jackson may be with family members but have reached out to her to contact them.
Michael’s three children have lived with their grandmother since their father died in 2009. She has not spoken to them for a week which is unheard of, according to Jackson’s lawyer, Sandra Ribera.
The Jackson matriarch has gone missing in the middle of a family dispute between several Jackson children and the executors of Michael’s estate.
The siblings claim Michael’s will, which stated that his assets be placed in a family trust and that Katherine was guardian of his children was forged and have demanded that the executors of his estate are fired.
A letter to executors, made public on Wednesday, from two of Katherine’s daughters, Rebbie and Janet, and three sons, Jermaine, Randy and Tito, also states that their mother had a ‘mini-stroke’, reported CNN.
However, Paris Jackson, Michael’s 14-year-old daughter, initially disputed the claims about the stroke and tweeted that ‘nothing had happened to her’. The tweet was later deleted.
According to Ribera, on July 15 Jackson left her Calabasas, California, home with her daughter Rebbie to attend a Jackson brother’s concert in Albuquerque, New Mexico a few days later.
However, when Paris has called her grandmother she has been told she cannot speak to her, Ribera said.
Paris tweeted Sunday morning: ‘yes, my grandmother is missing. i haven’t spoken with her in a week I want her home now.’
She also tweeted that anyone who sees her grandmother call the authorities and gave out a security number to call.
Ribera said that Jackson ‘has never gone 24 hours without talking to her kids,’ and added that she was concerned the 82-year-old was not safe.
The sheriff’s homicide-missing persons unit has been asked to investigate, Ribera confirmed.
Jermaine Jackson tweeted on Friday: ‘I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us.’
A second tweet read: ‘This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor’s advice. Period.’
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