Katherine Jackson, matriarch of the famed Jackson 5, has been reported missing. Her frantic family is searching all over for her and utilizing social media as a tool to determine her whereabouts.
Her son Jermaine Jackson insists that she is not missing, but resting on doctor’s orders in Arizona:
“I want to reassure everyone (inc all sudden medical experts) that Mother is fine but is resting up in AZ on the orders of a doctor, not us,” Jermaine Jackson tweeted.
“This is our mother and her health is paramount. We are not inventing or plotting anything. We are following doctor’s advice. Period,” he added.
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Still, her grand-daughter Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Micheal Jackson, insists that something is wrong on her Twitter page:
As we continue to share this developing story and hope for a positive resolution to this case, please read below for more details on the woman who birthed a generation of R&B and Pop music.
1.) Katherine Jackson was born Kattie B. Screws on May 4, 1930 in Alabama. Her father, Prince Albert Screws, changed the family’s name to Scruse when she was four and changed her name to Katherine Esther. [Wikipedia.com]
2.) Katherine contracted polio at the age of two. Though she survived the devastating disease, she would walk with a noticeable limp for the rest of her life. [Wikipedia.com]
3.) As a child, Katherine wanted to be a country singer, but became discouraged upon realizing that there were rarely successful Black people in country music. [Wikipedia.com]
4.) Katherine met Joe Jackson in 1947. After he annulled a previous marriage, the couple married in 1949. They sang together, while Joe played guitar, until he took a job at a steel mill and Katherine began giving birth to what would eventually be 10 children. [Wikipedia.com]
5.) Katherine gave birth to 10 children: Rebbie, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, La Toya, Marlon, Brandon, Michael, Randy and Janet. Brandon, Marlon’s twin, died within 24 hours of childbirth. [Wikipedia.com]
6.) In 1963, Katherine converted from the Baptist faith to Jehovah’s Witness. Her entire family followed suit, with the exception of Joe. He attended services but never officially converted. [Wikipedia.com]
7.) n 1990, Katherine penned a memoir titled My Family. In it, she detailed her relationship with her husband, including accusations of infidelity. Though the couple are estranged, they have never officially divorced. [Wikipedia.com]
8.) Katherine tried to convince son Michael Jackson that he was handsome throughout his life, but he never believed it. She called his nose a “toothpick” and became convinced that he was addicted to plastic surgery. Once, she even begged surgeons to trick her son into thinking they had changed something on his face during surgery, when they actually had not. They ignored her wishes. [Oprah.com]
9.) In a highly contested will, Michael Jackson left his entire estate to Katherine and his three children, Paris Prince Michael and Blanket — whom were entrusted by the legend to his mother’s care. The Jackson siblings all claim that Katherine is in failing health, the will is fraudulent and the executors are attempting to manipulate the elderly woman. [CNN.com]
10.) Katherine penned a book titled Never Can Say Goodbye to share the truth about her son, Michael, whom she says has been horribly misunderstood. [Amazon.com]