Las Vegas witnessed a heartfelt tribute on what would have been the 65th birthday of the legendary Michael Jackson as his sons Prince and Blanket Jackson paid homage to their late father. The two brothers Prince Jackson at 26, and Blanket “Bigi” Jackson at 21, made a rare public appearance at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
Donning a casual yet stylish ensemble Prince wore a gray T-shirt blue jeans sneakers and a baseball cap. He even sported a crossbody bag completing the look. His animated presence resonated with fans and he happily posed for photos with the attendees showcasing his scruffy full facial hair. A heartfelt gesture from one admirer who gifted Prince a drawing of the King of Pop prompted him to respond with a warm hug underscoring the enduring connection between Michael’s legacy and his devoted fans.
Blanket Jackson who generally shies away from public attention emerged in a short-sleeved black button-down paired with matching pants and shoes. With his dark shoulder-length hair neatly parted and a light mustache and beard Blanket Jackson exuded a subtle charm.
Despite his reluctance for the limelight he gracefully posed for photographs and signed autographs. The significance of his presence wasn’t lost on those present especially considering his iconic moment as a baby being held over a balcony by his father.
While her brothers commemorated their father’s birthday Paris Jackson the sister of the duo had her own pursuits. Engaged with the rock band Incubus the 25-year-old musician was preparing for a performance at the Amphitheater at Las Colonias Park in Grand Junction Colo. Her diverse interests were showcased on her Instagram Story revealing her day spent at a prominent indoor rock climbing gym in Denver.
The Jackson trio’s legendary father a 13-time Grammy winner tragically passed away in June 2009 due to cardiac arrest resulting from an accidental drug overdose. Michael’s legacy lives on through his children. While Prince and Paris were born to his ex-wife Debbie Rowe Michael openly disclosed in the 2003 documentary “Living with Michael Jackson” that Blanket Jackson was conceived through a surrogate. The identity of this woman remains undisclosed.
Michael Jackson’s personal life was marked by marriages to Lisa Marie Presley and Debbie Rowe. Lisa Marie Presley the sole heir of Elvis Presley was wed to Michael from May 1994 to August 1996 before her untimely passing in January. Despite the brevity of their union, Michael’s estate acknowledged the deep bond they shared. As we remember Michael’s incredible impact on the world of music and performance his children continue to honor his memory in their own unique ways.