Who Is Prince Michael “Blanket” Jackson II?
Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson (born February 21, 2002) is the third and youngest child of the late Michael Jackson. In 2015 he changed his name to Bigi Jackson. The identity of Prince's biological mother — a surrogate — is unknown. Blanket was seven 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 Jackson. Due to Katherine's advanced age, along with Michael and Paris leaving the nest as young adults, Blanket is now under the supervision of older cousin T.J. Jackson and attends private school in California.
Blanket Jackson’s Biological Father and Mother
Blanket Jackson is the third child of pop legend Michael Jackson and allegedly the only biological child of the pop star, but no confirmation has ever been made. 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.
When and Where Was Blanket Jackson Born?
Prince Michael "Blanket" Jackson II was born in La Mesa, California, on February 21, 2002.
As of June 2017, Prince Jackson’s net worth is $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Michael Jackson reportedly left each of his three children $33 million.
Blanket Jackson Today
Blanket Jackson is enrolled in private school in Los Angeles. While sources told People magazine that he had the hardest time of his siblings adjusting after his father’s death, he is now doing well, focusing on grades and sports and spending time with his more than 30 cousins. Blanket lives with Katherine Jackson, who became his legal guardian along with siblings Michael Jr. and Paris, as dictated by Michael Jackson's will. Due to Katherine's advanced age, T.J. Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew, is Blanket’s guardian.
Blanket Jackson’s 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 Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California.
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 seven.
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 still 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.
Among the Jackson's kids, Blanket has generally stayed out of the spotlight. However, he, along with Michael Jr. and Paris, spoke to their 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.
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