More than a decade ago, fans around the world were stunned to learn Michael's overdose ending amid his preparations for a blockbuster series of comeback concerts.
The public soon learned the sordid details of the King of Pop's death at his home from cardiac arrest caused by a combination of prescription drugs.
The "Thriller" singer's untimely death shattered his family, including father Joe, mother Katherine, ex-wife Debbie Rowe, sister Janet, brother Jermaine, and especially his three children—daughter Paris, 21, and sons Prince, 22, and Blanket, 17.
His dad died last year, and ill mom Katherine is holding on by a thread after suffering a stroke.
Janet and Jermaine have gone through painful divorces.
Paris has had numerous emotional problems since her beloved father's death, including alleged suicidal incidents -- and family members fear her wild relationship with current boyfriend Gabriel Glenn.
Her brothers have also had issues, as Prince was known for partying before earning a college degree and Blanket (aka Biggie) suffered bullying in school.
The boys are currently starring in a bizarre YouTube movie review show called Film Family.
Scroll through Radar's gallery for more on what Michael's family members have endured as they sadly mark what would have been his birthday on Thursday.
After Michael's death, the court appointed his mother Katherine as his kids' guardian. Paris and Prince are now adults but Blanket, now better known as Bigi, is currently in his cousin TJ's custody as grandma Katherine is too weak to care for him, RadarOnline.com learned. The guardianship ends in six months when Blanket turns 18 on February 21, 2020.
Panic Over Paris
Michael's daughter Paris has given the Jackson family the most concern following the star's passing. After Paris' partying revealed by Radar, she allegedly attempted suicide on Saturday morning, March 16, 2019. But the blonde beauty has denied she'd tried to kill herself that day.
Farewell To Patriarch
Controversial Joe Jackson died in June 2018 at age 89 of pancreatic cancer. Although he's been slammed for his parenting, Joe guided his kids to mega fame and his loss left a huge hole in the family.
Michael's mom Katherine, 89, is on death's door, sources have told Radar. Earlier this year, insiders told Radar the elderly grandmother is in the care of private doctors after suffering a stroke. A source said she also has high blood pressure, a heart rhythm disorder and breathing issues.
After Michael's death, his sister Janet, now 53, married billionaire Wissam Al Mana in 2012. She gave birth to their son Eissa in 2017 but the couple split up shortly thereafter and divorced that September.
Prince Or Frog?
Michael's oldest son Prince "acted out as a result of having no parental guidance," a source claimed to Radar. "He spends his multi-million dollar inheritance recklessly and he has been at odds with his father's estate for his hard partying." But recently, the motorcycle enthusiast got his college degree and "everyone is so grateful that he seems to have gotten it together."
Michael's sister Janet was devastated when he died. She has devoted herself to motherhood but recently performed at the 2019 Glastonbury Music Festival in England. Just before the concert, Radar had exposed Janet's alleged plastic surgery makeover, with top docs who hadn't treated her giving their opinions. At Glastonbury, the singer looked unrecognizable, hid her body in baggy black clothes, and got slammed by fans for lip synching!
Family members are concerned about Paris' wild relationship with boyfriend Gabriel Glenn, Radar learned. There was speculation that they'd secretly married, freaking out the Jacksons. Sources exclusively told Radar her famous family is worried that hard-partying Glenn is a bad influence.
Michael's death left his kids fragile. In mid-December 2018, Radar exclusively reported the details of Paris allegedly secretly checking into rehab for alcohol abuse and mental health issues, although she denied checking into rehab.
Michael's brother Jermaine's love life has never been easy. His third wife Halima Rashid filed from divorce from him in 2016 after her domestic violence arrest. Jackson’s estranged wife reportedly bit Jermaine's leg, forcing him to call the police on her. The case was later dropped because of insufficient evidence.
Paris has been devastated by her biological mom Debbie Rowe's battle with cancer. Rowe, Michael's ex-wife and the mother of his kids, has become close to troubled Paris, who accompanies her to chemo appointments.
Paris will likely mark her father's birthday this week. In February 2018, the model was seen teetering on a rooftop. A source told Radar she almost fell to her death while partying with pals.
Katherine was extremely close to her superstar son who died too soon. Following his death, Katherine said, "When I lost Michael, I lost everything."
Paris stunned the world in a 2017 Rolling Stone interview in which she said she'd attempted suicide "multiple times" after being sexually abused at the age of 14. "It was just self-hatred, low self-esteem, thinking that I couldn't do anything right, not thinking I was worthy of living anymore," she recalled.
Blanket has been Michael's most reclusive child until recently. He changed his name to Bigi after being severely bullied for years in school. "He has had the most problems adjusting after Michael died. He acted very lost and extremely upset," a source told Radar.
Not Ready For Cameras?
Prince and Blanket, aka Bigi, now host a low rent YouTube movie review show that proves they're not Siskel and Ebert! As they discussed The Avengers, Michael's sons chowed down on pizza. Blanket blandly praised the film's "rich character directions." Prince admitted, "This is a very rough first video."