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Michael Jackson in London, England on March 5, 2009.

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Here is background information on Michael Jackson's two short marriages, both of which ended in divorce due to irreconcilable differences.

News Updates:

8/24/2009: Michael Jackson's death was ruled a homicide.

6/25/2009: Michael Jackson was pronounced dead at UCLA Medical Center.

6/27/06: Having shuttered his Neverland ranch in Santa Ynez because of financial difficulties, Michael Jackson was said to be moving to Europe.

6/13/05: After a four-month trial, and about 30 hours of deliberations over a seven day period, the jurors acquitted Michael Jackson of all charges.

Born:

Michael Joseph Jackson: August 29, 1958 at Gary, Indiana.

Died:

Michael Jackson: After being rushed to UCLA Medical Center, Michael Jackson died at age 50. Initial reports were that Jackson suffered from cardiac arrest.
Source: Andrew Blankstein, Phil Willon. "Michael Jackson is dead." LATimes.com. 6/25/2009.

Charles Montaldo: "Michael Jackson died of a lethal dose of a powerful anesthetic and the Los Angeles coroner has ruled his death a homicide."
Source: Charles Montaldo. "Anesthetic Killed Michael Jackson." Crime.about.com. 8/24/2009.

Marriages:

  • Lisa Marie Presley - May 18, 1994 til January 18, 1996 - ended in divorce. Lisa Marie and Michael were married in the Dominican Republic.
  • Debbie Rowe - November 15, 1996 til October 8, 1999 - ended in divorce.

Children:

  • Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr: Born in 1997. His mother is Debbie Rowe.
  • Paris Michael Katherine Jackson: Born in 1998. Her mother is Debbie Rowe.
  • Prince Michael Jackson II aka Blanket: Born in 2002. He had a surrogate mother.

Presley -- Jackson Marriage (1994-1996):

Michael Jackson's marriage to Lisa Marie Presley took place in De La Vega, Santa Domingo. Many believe that their marriage was a PR stunt to cast Jackson in a better light after allegations of sexual molestation charges involving a 13-year old boy.

Jackson and Presley separated on December 10, 1995. Irreconcilable differences were cited as the reason for their divorce a month later. Presley had two children from her six-year marriage to musician Danny Keough.

Lisa Marie Presley: ""I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much ... I became very ill and emotionally/spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him. I was in over my head while trying ... He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together."
Source: Brian Orloff. "Lisa Marie: Michael Would Talk About His Death." People.com. 6/26/2009.

Rowe - Jackson Marriage (1996-1999):

Michael Jackson's November 15, 1996 marriage to Debbie Rowe, a former nurse, age 37, took place at a hotel suite in Sydney, Australia. She knew Jackson for 15 years before they were married, and was apparently six months pregnant at the time of their marriage.

Although she also cited irreconcilable differences as a reason for their divorce in 1999, on 4/27/05 she testified at the Michael Jackson trial that "[we] never shared a home; we never shared an apartment."

She also stated that she had not seen her children in more than two years. Debbie had been limited to seeing her children only every 45 days, and then for only eight hours under the supervision of a nanny.

After her divorce, she received a $1 million home in Beverly Hills, but had to sign a confidentiality agreement stating that she couldn't speak to the press or anyone in the public about "Michael, the children or our lives together."

Michael Jackson Trial:

6/13/05: After a four-month trial, and about 30 hours of deliberations over a seven day period, the jurors acquitted Michael Jackson of all charges.

4/28/05: Debbie Rowe defended Michael Jackson as a "good father" who was "great with kids." She also described him as a victim of aides who were "vultures" who exploited Michael.

4/27/05: Debbie Rowe testified at the Michael Jackson trial that she was not rehearsed nor given a script in the rebuttal video she appeared in. It is expected that she will be asked more questions about the videotape on Thursday.

4/25/05: Debbie Rowe, Michael Jackson's former wife, is set to be called to testify against him. It is expected that she will talk about being pressured into giving a scripted videotaped interview so she could have visits with her two children.

2/24/05: Jury selected: eight women, four men, ranging in age from 20 to 79. Reportedly, the racial/ethnic diversity is seven whites, four Hispanics and one Asian. Occupations of the jurors include head cashier, army widow, computer programmer, civil engineer, and a horse trainer.

02/07/05: The Michael Jackson trial was postponed for a week following a death of the sister of lead attorney Tom Mesereau.

01/05: A Santa Barbara County grand jury charged Michael Jackson with molesting a 13-year old boy, conspiring to commit extortion, false imprisonment, and child abduction. Jackson pleaded innocent.

12/04: A DNA sample was voluntarily given to authorities by Michael Jackson.

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