Michael Jackson gets more bizarre after death

Tue Jun 30, 2009 7:54pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bizarre in life, Michael Jackson's complex personal affairs are taking even stranger twists in death, with reports on Tuesday questioning the parentage of his children and what caused his untimely demise.

After five days of television replays of Jackson's most famous hits and glowing emotional tributes to his musical genius, attention has turned to the murkier side of the "Thriller" singer.

Celebrity website TMZ.com, which broke the news of Jackson's death, reported the entertainer was not the biological father of his three children and that his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, was not their genetic mother.

Citing multiple but unnamed sources, TMZ said all three children were conceived "in vitro" but that neither Jackson's sperm nor Rowe's eggs were used.

Rowe was quoted as saying in 2004 that Jackson was not the biological father of Michael Jr, 12, and Paris, 11, but she had been assumed to be their mother. The third child, Prince Michael II, was born in 2002 and the identity of his surrogate mother has never been known.

Rowe's lawyers did not return calls for comment.

Celebrity magazine Us said the biological father of Michael Jr and Paris was Jackson's dermatologist, for whom Rowe once worked.

None of the claims could be verified by the parade of managers, lawyers and spokespeople who said they spoke on behalf of Jackson or his family during his career and who have resurfaced since his death on June 25 at the age of 50.   Continued...

<p>A fan holds a tattered photo Michael Jackson outside a public memorial at the Apollo Theater in New York, June 30, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>