Jackson's Parents Declare Authority Over Affairs - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Jackson's Parents Declare Authority Over Affairs

Posted: Updated:
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Michael Jackson's father declared Sunday in the strongest terms yet that he and his wife have sole authority over the late pop star's affairs.

Joe Jackson said in a statement read on the red carpet before he headed into the BET Awards that he and his wife Katherine have the "personal and legal authority to act, and solely .. have authority for our son and his children."

Joe Jackson, wearing a black fedora and oversized sunglasses, made a surprise appearance at the awards show, which was retooled since Michael Jackson's death Thursday as a tribute to the entertainer.

The elder Jackson and other relatives have been holed up at the family's compound in Encino, where fans and media have camped out waiting for information on the pop star's death and upcoming funeral arrangements.

"There's no celebration over there," Joe Jackson told The Associated Press before going into the Shrine Auditorium.

"There's a lot of fans standing around the building. There's no celebration at all. It's very sad," he said.

Joe Jackson said his grandchildren - two boys and a girl - were his first priority now.

"They're fine. They're with us," he said.

The children know their father has died, he said,

Funeral arrangements were still being made.

Al Sharpton flew into Los Angeles Sunday at the request of Michael Jackson's brothers to help plan memorials for the singer.

Sharpton said they would like to plan global events paying tribute to the pop star.

Joe Jackson said he hopes people will remember his son as "the greatest star in the world."

"It's too bad he had to pass the way like he has," Joe Jackson said.

In the statement read by Jackson's publicist on CNN, the family said their attorney L. Londell McMillan is the only person who can speak on their behalf.

McMillan, who accompanied Joe Jackson to the awards show, told CNN a second autopsy on the entertainer's body is "under way." He gave no details, only saying the family would have more to say later.

Los Angeles County coroner's officials completed their autopsy on Jackson Friday and said there was no indication of trauma or foul play. But because of additional tests, an official cause of death could take weeks to determine.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

  • Entertainment NewsEntertainment NewsMore>>

  • Investigation says Prince was isolated, addicted and in pain

    Investigation says Prince was isolated, addicted and in pain

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:44 PM EDT2018-04-21 22:44:35 GMT
    (Carver County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this image made from surveillance video provided Thursday, April 19, 2018, by the Carver County Sheriff's Office, as part of an investigative file into Prince's death, the superstar, center, enters a clinic o...(Carver County Sheriff's Office via AP). In this image made from surveillance video provided Thursday, April 19, 2018, by the Carver County Sheriff's Office, as part of an investigative file into Prince's death, the superstar, center, enters a clinic o...
    Investigative files in Prince's death show that members of his inner circle were growing increasingly alarmed about an opioid addition as his health waned in the final days of his life, and that they sought help. 
    Investigative files in Prince's death show that members of his inner circle were growing increasingly alarmed about an opioid addition as his health waned in the final days of his life, and that they sought help. 
  • Verne Troyer, Mini Me in `Austin Powers' films, dead at 49

    Verne Troyer, Mini Me in `Austin Powers' films, dead at 49

    Saturday, April 21 2018 5:09 PM EDT2018-04-21 21:09:38 GMT

    Actor Verne Troyer, known for his role as Mini Me in two of the "Austin Powers" films, died today at the age of 49, according to a statement on the actor's Facebook page.

     

    Actor Verne Troyer, known for his role as Mini Me in two of the "Austin Powers" films, died today at the age of 49, according to a statement on the actor's Facebook page.

     
  • Amazon's reveals its Prime service has 100 million members

    Amazon's reveals its Prime service has 100 million members

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:37 PM EDT2018-04-21 17:37:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File). FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon said Wednesday, April 18, 2018, it has more than 100 million paid Prime members, the first time the company has given out a specific...(AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File). FILE - This Sept. 6, 2012, file photo shows the Amazon logo in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon said Wednesday, April 18, 2018, it has more than 100 million paid Prime members, the first time the company has given out a specific...
    Amazon has persuaded more than 100 million shoppers to subscribe to its Prime service as its empire and ambitions expand. 
    Amazon has persuaded more than 100 million shoppers to subscribe to its Prime service as its empire and ambitions expand. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 Midwest Television, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.