Jackson's mother seeks control of estate

Mon Jun 29, 2009 7:55pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson's parents on Monday sought control over his children and an estate that could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Concert promoters who backed the King of Pop's highly anticipated comeback tour that was set to begin next week in London released photos of Jackson rehearsing for the shows. And a Los Angeles coroner said a report in a British tabloid claiming to be based on autopsy results was inaccurate.

Four days after the singer's death from cardiac arrest, his father Joe Jackson said the family was awaiting results of a second, private autopsy, and he expected to get details "real soon." He said a date for the funeral had not been set.

"We don't have a timeframe for that (the funeral) because I want to see how this autopsy is coming out," Joe Jackson told reporters after a family meeting at his home in Los Angeles.

Standing beside Joe Jackson outside the house -- the site of a makeshift memorial of flowers and balloons -- civil rights leader Al Sharpton said the family was being "careful and deliberate on how they plan the celebration of his life."

Two autopsies have been carried out on Jackson -- one by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office and a second by a private pathologist. Toxicology tests are expected to take several weeks.

Jackson, 50, died at his rented Los Angeles home on Thursday before a string of 50 concerts in London, starting July 13, that were planned to revive a career grounded by his 2005 trial and acquittal on child molestation charges.

On Monday, promoters AEG Live released four pictures from a June 23 dress rehearsal for the concerts, taken two days before Jackson's death.   Continued...

<p>Michael Jackson rehearses for his planned shows in London at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, June 23, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Mazur/AEG/Getty Images/Handout</p>