AceShowbiz - A spokesperson for Michael Jackson's mother has silenced rumours suggesting the family matriarch is ailing after allegedly suffering a stroke. Katherine Jackson, who will turn 88 next month, hit headlines this week (begs April 16) after it was reported that she had been struck down by a "sudden and devastating stroke" in Los Angeles over the weekend.
Family and friends were said to have rushed to be by her side, but longtime Jackson family publicist Steve Manning insists there is no truth to the tabloid claims. "The story is bulls**t," he told the New York Daily News. "Mrs. Jackson is fine. She's with (daughter) Rebbie. I don't know where they get this fake news."
Katherine's granddaughter, Genevieve Jackson, has also dismissed the reports in her own post on social media, just days after enjoying "Game Night at Grandma's". Randy Jackson's 28-year-old kid told followers, "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!"
The unfounded concerns about her health emerge a year after Katherine decided to drop legal action against her caretaker nephew Trent Jackson, whom she had accused of elder abuse. She initially obtained a temporary restraining order against Trent, who worked as her driver and looked after her finances and wellbeing, in February 2017 after claiming he was "an abusive con man" who had been emotionally abusing her and trying to take control of her money for years.
He denied the allegations and urged the judge overseeing the case to order Katherine to testify in court, but she was not prepared to do so, and the case was dismissed.