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Manager: Janet Jackson flying home to be with family

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson

Following the death of her superstar brother, Janet Jackson, who is set to star in “Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?” (currently shooting here in Atlanta), the actress-singer’s manager Kenneth Crear has issued the following statement to the media:

“Janet Jackson is grief-stricken and devastated at the sudden loss of her brother. She is in pre-production of a film and is flying immediately to California to be with her family.”

Possible translation: The part-time Atlantan and steady of Atlanta music producer Jermaine Dupri was perhaps here when the world learned of Michael Jackson’s death Thursday night and flew back to the west coast to be with her family.

On Saturday, the cast members from “Married” are among the celebrities scheduled to walk the red carpet as the Atlanta Urban League honors Tyler Perry as a part of its Community Empowerment Day celebration here.

It’s not immediately known how unexpected Jackson’s death will affect the Atlanta shoot of the film, a sequel to Perry’s popular 2007 ensemble drama. Perry has told us that Jackson’s Patricia therapist character figures prominently in the sequel’s plot.

Perry’s Los Angeles-based spokeswoman Keleigh Thomas has not returned an email and a phone call seeking a statement from Perry’s camp.

Meanwhile, Jackson’s long-time boyfriend, music mogul Dupri’s Twitter page remained oddly silent Friday. His last entry was from 16 hours prior, well before Michael Jackson’s death was announced.

18 comments Add your comment

Death is not a joke

June 26th, 2009
8:54 am

There is nothing funny about this tragic loss for the Jackson family. Please try to be considerate of the feelings of those he’s left behind.

Homie

June 26th, 2009
8:59 am

Yes…please be considerate of those left behind by Mr Jackson like those young boys who were given alcohol then molested. Are those are the ones left behind of which you speak?

martin

June 26th, 2009
9:00 am

To “Your Stockbroker”: Bad Karma dude. You will pay for your insensitivity! Can you not show Michael and his family some respect?

Mary

June 26th, 2009
9:00 am

We will miss MJ tremendously! He is only 7 yrs older than I and for such a young man to depart this world is a tragedy! I love the Jacksons! Please know that I send prayers to you lovely janet and family. His music will continue to live in our hearts. May God continue to shine his goodness and mercy on our awesome family!

Love Always,
Admiring Fan forever!

Carmen

June 26th, 2009
9:00 am

Your Stockbroker, is what is wrong with our society. No matter what you thought of the man, at least try to have some human compassion for the family and friends left behind. The children will read things like this from idiots like you. Grow up and get a life.

Atlanta Residents

June 26th, 2009
9:03 am

AJC ownership/management please remove the above post “Your Stockbroker”. There are many of us that would prefer to focus on the positive moments in Mr. Jackson’s short lived life.

Jennifer

June 26th, 2009
9:03 am

I am in shock. Not because of how he passed, but it’s so sudden. IF plastic surgeries, skin bleaching, etc didn’t kill him, the fact that “something” caused SUDDEN cardiac arrest is disturbing to me. I can’t get past that. I believe the people he had around him were enablers and that dose of Demerol was the catalyst. I am 29. Everything I know about music is based around Michael Jackson. My parents are in shock. My mom has been playing his music since 5pm yesterday.
I’m sad and upset at the same time. The people around him killed him or allowed him to slowly kill himself. I hope Michael is finally at some peace, which he certainly didn’t get here on Earth. No man can you peace. It must come from within. MJ relied to heavily on man.
My fiance and I have MJ wallpapers on our iphones as a tribute. Our wedding reception will now consist of the entire Off The Wall catalog…on repeat!!!!

Mary

June 26th, 2009
9:04 am

To all of you with the disrespectful remarks, may you never have a love die, and may there be a mansion set up in HELL for you!

Jennifer

June 26th, 2009
9:05 am

I have two typos in my original post, but you get my point. Sorry! I loathe typos. Should’ve checked better :)

Michael is the best….always…

Tracie McGee

June 26th, 2009
9:06 am

My condolences to the Jackson family and the world for all of us that have loved Michael since day one. Michael was 12 when I was born and he has held a place in my heart forever and always will. He has and always will give me “Butterflies!!” I love you Micheal. Rest In Peace!!!

Mary

June 26th, 2009
9:08 am

Me too Jennifer! But I’m sure those people got what I was saying!

Your Stockbroker.

June 26th, 2009
9:12 am

“There are many of us that would prefer to focus on the positive moments in Mr. Jackson’s short lived life.”

TO ATL RESIDENTS and the rest of you…that silly reply in quotations is so typical of todays society. GROW UP!!

Ya have to focus the good and the bad.

Whitney Houston

June 26th, 2009
9:14 am

AWWWwww…Hell to the know. Perhaps some of you missed the part in the article that stated prior to Michaels cardiac arrest he had, sometime yesterday, had an injection Demerol.

Sadly Michael was hooked on prescription medication much like Im hooked on Crack!! Crack is whack and Whitney aint eva gone be fat.

tired of it all

June 26th, 2009
9:15 am

I remember Michael in the early 70s and enjoyed his thriller album, but really. Any man that thinks that it is OK to have young boys in his bed is/was sick. He will be judged by God just like the rest of us when we die.

LaToya

June 26th, 2009
9:16 am

Im so confused…I thought Janet was Michael or Michael was Janet…or whatever it was.

plow

June 26th, 2009
9:22 am

I am through with AJC!

The Duchess

June 26th, 2009
9:22 am

Homie shut the eff up!

Pulleeze

June 26th, 2009
9:22 am

Seems like you just did the judging ‘Tired Of It All.’