By Jen Heger – Radar Assistant Managing Editor
The King of Pop, Michael Jackson would have celebrated his 54th birthday Wednesday, and his mother, Katherine, his three children, Prince, Paris and Blanket are all in his childhood home of Gary, Indiana along with his sister LaToya, but in true Jackson style there is plenty of family drama to mar the day, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
“Katherine and Michael’s children, along with LaToya and their co-guardian, TJ, are all in Gary, Indiana for birthday festivities for Michael,” a source close to the situation tells Radar. “It’s a very somber day filled with a range of emotions but they are trying to not let the sadness of Michael’s death consume them. LaToya is just an absolute ray of light for Michael’s children and she is trying to keep things upbeat. There is also added stress because of the ongoing family drama with Michael’s siblings, Janet, Randy and Rebbie who want the executors of the estate to resign. Janet and Katherine still aren’t talking and it’s just extremely sad that it has gotten to this.”
Paris Jackson posted a heartfelt tweet about her father’s birthday: “thru my joy & my sorrow , in the promise of another 2morro , i’ll never let u apart for ur always in my heart… happy birthday i love u daddy.”
LaToya revealed that she hadn’t been back to Gary in more than 20 years and said on Twitter: “I’m at my family’s Indiana home in Gary! Wow I haven’t been here in 20 plus years!!! I had such a fun day with my family in Indiana! What great memories! There’s no place like home! Happy Birthday Michael! You will always be missed but never ever forgotten! We all thank you for the memories!”
There will be a candlelight vigil in Gary tonight and the family is expected to be in attendance.
Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of acute propofol intoxication and Dr. Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in connection with his death and is currently serving a four year sentence at the Los Angeles County jail.