Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson II Biography

(2002–)
Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson II is the third child of pop legend Michael Jackson.

Synopsis

Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson II was born on February 21, 2002, in La Mesa, California. Blanket is the third child of the late Michael Jackson. The identity of Prince's biological mother—a surrogate—is unknown. Blanket was 7 years old when his father, Michael Jackson, died on June 25, 2009. His grandmother, Katherine Jackson, became his legal guardian, as well as the guardian of his siblings, Michael Joseph and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson. Blanket attends private school in California.

Early Life

Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson II was born in La Mesa, California, on February 21, 2002. Blanket is the third child of pop legend Michael Jackson. The identity of his biological mother, a surrogate, is unknown. Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael Jackson's other two children—Paris Michael Katherine and Michael Joseph "Prince" Jackson—publicly denied being Prince's biological mother, following his birth and, subsequently, media speculation regarding his conception.

Father's Death

On June 25, 2009, Blanket's father, Michael Jackson, suffered cardiac arrest at his home in Los Angeles, and died shortly thereafter. The pop star was 50 years old at the time of his death; Blanket was 7. As dictated by Michael Jackson's will, Katherine Jackson became the legal guardian of her grandchildren, Blanket, Michael Jr. and Paris.

In February 2010, an official coroner's report on Michael Jackson's death was released, revealing that the singer had died from acute propofol intoxication. Aided by his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, Michael had used the drug, among others, to help him sleep. A police investigation revealed later that Murray hadn't been licensed to prescribe most controlled medications in California, and the doctor's actions as Michael's caretaker were subsequently further scrutinized. Murray was found guilty of homicide on November 7, 2011, receiving a four-year prison sentence.

Believing that A.E.G. Live—the entertainment company that promoted Michael Jackson's planned comeback series, "This Is It," in 2009—had failed to effectively protect the singer while he was under Murray's care, the Jackson family decided to take legal action against the company. Katherine Jackson officially filed a wrongful death lawsuit against A.E.G. with Blanket, Michael Jr. and Paris, and the trial began in April 2013. Lawyers sought up to $1.5 billion—an estimation of what Michael Jackson could have earned over the months since his death, if he were alive—in the case. In October 2013, a jury determined that A.E.G. wasn't responsible for Michael's death. "Although Michael Jackson's death was a terrible tragedy, it was not a tragedy of A.E.G. Live's making," said Marvin S. Putnam, A.E.G.'s lawyer.

Michael Jackson's children have largely stayed out of the limelight, appearing publicly few times since their father's death. However, Blanket—along with Michael Jr. and Paris—spoke to his father's fans during his funeral in 2009, and again in January 2010, accepting a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for Michael Jackson at the Grammy Awards.

Name Change

In 2015, several reports surfaced that Blanket no longer wished to be called by his nickname. Radar Online claimed that the young teen now wanted to be addressed as "Bigi." He took the name after being bullied for years for his "Blanket" moniker. He lives in Calabasas, California,  and attends the the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California. 

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