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Jackson's mother to gain custody of kids

india Updated: Jun 27, 2009 09:34 IST
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After the sudden demise of Michael Jackson, his mother Katherine will be given the custody of the late superstar's three children, according to the family lawyer.

The 'Thriller' hitmaker passed away on Thursday at the UCLA Medical Center aged 50, after slipping into a coma following a cardiac arrest.

The 50-year-old star is survived by his three children Michael Joseph Jackson. Jr, who he later dubbed Prince, 12, and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, 11, from his marriage to ex-wife Debbie Rowe, and Michael Jackson II, known as Blanket, seven, who was delivered by an unknown surrogate mother, Radar online reported.

Jackson's former wife gave up her rights to her two kids after their divorce in 1999, with the superstar being handed full custody and Rowe is said to have had little contact with the youngsters after their split.

The children are believed to be staying with a nanny in Los Angeles as they cope with the sudden death of their father, and the Jacksons' longtime lawyer Brian Oxman admits they could now be permanently cared for by the star's mother.

"Probably Mrs. Jackson will take care of them, she loves them dearly. Everyone is crying and it's very sad," Oxman said.

The star's manager Frank DiLeo said, "The kids are very upset, but they are fine."