King of Pop Almost Died Same Way Once Before, Joe Jackson Speaks Out at Bet Awards | Source: DCFS Visits Jackson’s Children | Pop Tarts Scene & Herd
Michael Jackson died last Thursday after suffering a cardiac arrest in his Holmby Hills estate, but Pop Tarts has learned that almost exactly the same scenario almost played out in 2004 in his rented Coldwater Canyon mansion. According to a source very close to the family and the doctor on-the-scene, Jackson’s brother Randy found him unconscious in his home and immediately called a paramedic friend who lived very close by who rushed to the house.
"Thankfully they were able to save him but it was all very frightening. It was a doctor that didn’t normally treat Michael and he was shocked, absolutely shocked by the amount of prescription medications he saw at the house," said our source, adding that Michael wasn’t rattled by the near-death experience.
We’re also told that Jackson’s family started having premonitions of his premature death in 2001 around the time of his New York "30th Anniversary" concert series and were forced to intervene.
"A family meeting was held and basically they begged Michael to seek help," added our insider. "Katherine (his mom) also started asking a lot of questions about how Elvis Presley died. She was worried."
A rep for the Jackson family said that Randy was too distraught to issue a statement in regards to the incident and the exact cause of death remains under investigation.
However just three days after his son's death, father Joe Jackson put on a brave face and walked the red carpet at the BET Awards on Sunday in Los Angeles. Surrounded by quite the posse, Jackson was all smiles as he posed for pics and told when Tarts asked how he was doing, he responded:
"Slowly but surely," Jackson said.
Although Michael Jackson only died on Thursday, we’re told The Case Sensitive Unit at the Los Angeles County Department of Child & Family Services immediately launched their investigation and paid a visit to Jackson’s three children on Friday to see what the planned setup would be.
According to DCFS sources, there are a lot of red flags in the situation and even though Debbie Rowe is reportedly the mother of the two eldest children she will still have to be assessed and prove that she can provide a stable living environment before the case can be closed.
"This is listed as a ‘Caretaker Absence’ situation and we are highly sensitized to such a high-profile case," said an insider. "You can’t just become a parent - how much contact has Rowe had with the kids? Criminal checks, dietary and immunization checks will all be done."
And should Jackson’s parents seek custody of the children, we’re told that the physical and emotional abuse Michael was privy to as a child will once again factor in.
"The grandparents are another red flag," added our source. "And with all that has come out about the prescription medications that were in the house, the investigation will be very extensive."
The children had been living with Jackson in the rented Holmby Hills estate where paramedics were called to Thursday and it is not known if he had prepared a will pertaining details about the care of the children in the event of his death. According to TMZ.com, the family intends to fight to ensure the two eldest Paris and Michael Jr. do not end up in the custody of their mother, Debbie Rowe. The maternity of Michael’s youngest child, Prince Michael Jackson ll, who was born via artificial insemination, remains unknown.
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