- NAME: Katherine Jackson
- OCCUPATION: Television Personality
- BIRTH DATE: May 04, 1930 (Age: 83)
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Barbour County, Alabama
- Full Name: Katherine Esther Jackson
- Maiden Name: Katherine Esther Scruse
- AKA: Katherine Scruse
- AKA: Kattie Screws
- Originally: Kattie B. Screws
- AKA: Katherine Jackson
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Katherine Jackson is best known for being the mother of international pop superstar Michael Jackson.
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She also continued to be a supportive wife through her husband's public indiscretions with women. Despite several tumultuous moments in their relationship, they remain together, residing in a mansion in Encino, California.
In June 2009, Katherine Jackson was pulled into the media spotlight when her son, "King of Pop" Michael Jackson, died after suffering cardiac arrest from acute propofol intoxication in his Los Angeles home. In a copy of Michael's will, his mother was listed as the guardian of his three children, Paris Michael Katherine, Michael Joseph "Prince" Jr. and Prince Michael "Blanket" II. She was also named as one of the recipient's of the pop star's estimated $500 million fortune.
In February 2010, an official coroner's report on Michael Jackson's cause of death was released, revealing that the singer had died from acute propofol intoxication. The overdose had reportedly worked in combination with a lethal prescription drug cocktail—which included the pain killer Demerol, as well as lorazepam, midazolam, benzodiazepine, diazepine and ephedrine—to shut down the star's weakened heart. Aided by his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael had used the drugs to help him sleep at night.
After a police investigation revealed that Dr. Murray was not licensed to prescribe most controlled drugs in California, his actions while caring for Michael Jackson were further scrutinized. The singer's death was ruled a homicide, and Murray, in turn, found himself facing an involuntary manslaughter charge. Murray was found guilty on November 7, 2011. He later received a four-year prison sentence.
In July 2012, Katherine Jackson was again thrown into the media spotlight after a bizarre incident in which a family member reported her missing. While it was soon discovered that Katherine had taken a trip to Arizona, where she was spending time with family, a judge suspended Katherine as guardian of Michael's children just a few days later. On July 25, 2012, T.J. Jackson, son of Tito Jackson, was appointed temporary guardian of Paris, Prince and Blanket, stating that he was suspending Katherine Jackson's guardianship because she had been gone and out of communication with the children for 10 days.
Before Katherine's location could be confirmed, speculation quickly grew regarding her whereabouts, with Paris, Prince and Blanket becoming worried that they were possibly being prevented from communicating with their grandmother by other family members. Exacerbating the paranoia, Katherine Jackson's "disappearance" came shortly after a dispute between her and several members of the Jackson clan—including singer Janet Jackson—who raised questions about the validity of Michael Jackson's will, pointed fingers at the Jackson matriarch and called for the executors of his estate to resign.
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