Yesterday, TMZ announced that Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine will not inherit her son’s estate, but instead it will go to the people who probably deserve it the most: his three children. Well, mostly.
The plan that was originally drawn up was this: 40% goes to Katherine, 40% goes to the kids, and 20% goes to charity. However, the trustees of the estate get final ruling on how much of that 40% Katherine’s going to get and after she passes on, the kids get the rest of it. Seems OK.
One thing I don’t understand is this: Why does Katherine get any of it? While Michael was supporting her for the last many years of his life, now that she has taken on three children to raise for him, shouldn’t she get a standard percentage for that (like she already is) and nothing else? Wouldn’t it be best for the kids to have as much of that money as possible, and what exactly does an elderly woman need all that dough for?
October 12, 2009 at 9:30 am by Molls
Hey guys! Guess what just hit the Internet 17 minutes ago? This new MJ song, “This Is It,” and now we have it here on Evil Beet. We’re prompt like that. It’s a good song. But, ya know, this dude could sing the Alcoholics Anonymous meeting schedule and Lindsay Lohan would be hanging on every note. He was just such a phenomenal talent. It’s something I’ve always maintained and still maintain: setting aside the events of his personal life, this is one of the greatest musical talents of our history.
October 11, 2009 at 9:44 pm by Evil Beet
And the Jackson saga continues. His autopsy results indicate that, overall, he was in good health for a 50-year-old man.
The Los Angeles County coroner’s report shows Jackson’s weight of 136 pounds was in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man. His heart was strong with no sign of plaque buildup. His kidneys and most other major organs were normal.
The singer did have health issues, however, including arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries. Most serious was the condition of his lungs, which the autopsy report said were chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath.
But the lung condition was not serious enough to be a direct or contributing cause of death, according to the document.
“His overall health was fine,” said Dr. Zeev Kain, chairman of the anesthesiology department at the University of California, Irvine, who reviewed a copy of the autopsy report for the AP. “The results are within normal limits.”
Basically all of this means that Michael died strictly of complications from the propofol and the benzodiazepines, which we already knew. This wasn’t a generally unhealthy man, he was just crazy about his insomnia, and he was unlucky enough to find a doctor willing to enable that insanity. The more I read about this case, the more I feel Dr. Murray ought to be convicted of homicide. Shit, dude, I tried to get my doctor to prescribe me a low dose of phentermine last week to help me lose ten pounds, and she was all like, “No way. Your BMI is in the normal range, so you need to focus on exercise and portion control.” I hate the term “portion control” so much. Like, who wants to eat the yummy stuff in reasonable portions? Why eat it at all if you have to control your portions? But the point is this: I knew she’d never prescribe it; it was a long shot. Of course no ethical doctor is going to prescribe phentermine for someone whose weight is in a normal BMI. And yet this asshole had Michael on propofol and three different types of benzos — for insomnia. It’s insane. This dude should go to jail forever.
October 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm by Evil Beet
Michael Jackson – Ghosts
The single, white, bedazzled glove that Michael Jackson wore to a screening of the short film Ghosts (above) and during his marriage ceremony to Debbie Rowe in 1996 sold for A$57,600 or ($49,000 USD) at an auction yesterday in Australia– nearly twice what auctioneers expected. (You can see a picture of it here.)
But you’ll be happy to know that the glove was not purchased by some obsessed individual with sickening amounts of money to throw at dead celebrities’ personal effects. It was purchased by a corporation with sickening amounts of money to throw at dead celebrities’ personal effects– The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
If only the rest of us could fetch $49,000 for an unmatched glove covered with bedazzler rhinestones, I would be holding a yard sale every weekend.
September 6, 2009 at 10:07 am by Kelly
Dr. Jack Kevorkian has something to say about Michael Jackson’s death and it’s a bit of a surprising perspective: He doesn’t think Dr. Conrad Murray is to blame.
In a lengthy interview — you’ll want to fast forward to 9:30 — the good doctor states that Michael cannot have been murdered since he doesn’t believe malice was a component of the chain of events. ”I don’t think he was malicious. Murder is defined as malice or forethought… Did the doctor have forethought? I doubt it.”
Dr. Kevorkian also thinks that Michael bears responsibility for his death. ”Maybe Jackson craved these things so much he pestered the doctor until he got it. The patient got what he wanted. He is the one who said yes or no to take a drug.” Does this mean I can go to my physician and pester him to overdose me with Xanax? Because I really need to do that.
I’ve actually been thinking about this since the death of DJ AM. Maybe drug addicts are on some sort of suicide mission. Maybe death is what Michael was chasing. I don’t think we’ll ever know for sure.
September 3, 2009 at 12:08 pm by Wendie
There’s something that really bothers me about Joe Jackson. Every time he opens his mouth to say mumble something, I think he’s lying. It troubles me that he never offers any insight as to who his son was as a person. Joe obviously thinks Michael was the best performer in the world, but he doesn’t speak of him as a son, father, friend.
The Today Show aired a JJ interview this morning that was recorded over the weekend, on the day that would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday. If you don’t have speakers on your computer or you’re at work and can’t really take a listen, let me offer you a brief, paraphrased summary:
Interviewer: Joe, how are you holding up?
JJ: Me? Oh, I’m fine! Uh, oh, I mean, I’m still grieving the loss of Michael.
Interviewer: Are you angry about Michael’s death?
JJ: No. I’m not angry. I’m mad but I’m not angry.
Interviewer: What do you want people to know about your son?
JJ: He was the best performer in the world.
Interviewer: Did you know that Michael was using these drugs?
JJ: No. I knew nothing about anything. This is foul play!
Interviewer: Do you want justice done? Do you want to see people go to jail for the death of your son?
JJ: Yes, I want justice. I don’t know if I want anyone going to jail. But they will pay.
Interviewer: Do you want these doctors to be held responsible for administering these medications to Michael?
JJ: No. I never said anything about any doctors.
Interviewer: Do you see your grandchildren? And if so, how often?
JJ: I do see them. Uhhhhh … I see them. Often enough. Let’s end this interview now.