Katherine Jackson’s rep says that rumors the 87-year-old suffered a “sudden and devastating” stroke last weekend aren’t true.
“The story is bulls—,” said longtime Jackson family publicist and friend Steve Manning, who rarely responds to rumors about the First Family of Pop. “Mrs. Jackson is fine. She’s with (daughter) Rebbie. I don’t know where they get this fake news.”
The shocking report was published on Monday by RadarOnline — an American Media Inc. property whose sister publications include Us Weekly and The National Enquirer.
Their story describes a dire situation in which the 87-year-old family matriarch “has the family around her 24/7 since the stroke.”
Multiple Jackson family insiders tell us that Katherine has received visitors in recent days in Los Angeles, but she’s healthy and fully expects to see her 88th birthday in three weeks.
One of Katherine’s nine children, who asked not to be named, also said that their mom is in good shape and doesn’t want friends to worry.
“It’s not true, It’s a rumor,” said that Jackson sibling. “She’s fine.”
Genevieve Jackson, the 28-year-old daughter of youngest family sibling Randy Jackson, posted on @geneviecejaxn: “Guys calm down! This isn’t true. Whoever put that story out is lying. She didn’t have a stroke and her health is definitely not failing. Katherine is okay!”
Genevieve also claimed that Katherine was alive and well on Sunday when the kids gathered for “Game Night at Grandma’s.”
A third source, who’d hastily sent best wishes on Facebook after catching wind of Katherine’s alleged health problem, wrote to Confidential contributor Flo Anthony that the posting was a mistake: “I spoke with a family member. I’ll take it down. Thanks Flo.”
Katherine’s granddaughter Paris, the daughter of Michael Jackson, doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. Paris spent a chunk of her Wednesday FaceTiming model Cara Delevingne, whom she was photographed kissing last month, thus setting off new couple alerts.
It was announced Wednesday that along with actress Charlize Theron, the King of Pop’s 20-year-old daughter will be honored at the Life Ball 25th anniversary in Vienna. Paris is being recognized for her work with her godmother Elizabeth Taylor’s AIDS foundation.
We’re happy to hear Katherine is doing well.