As details surrounding Jackson's death emerge, his web of family, friends and associates keeps growing, with names new and old coming out of the woodwork claiming a connection with the pop icon.
Below, a look at 30 people and one primate who played a part in Jackson's life and continue to do so after his death:
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Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson, 79, has been granted temporary guardianship of the pop star's three children. She also presides over the family's Encino, Calif., mansion, called Hayvenhurst.
The hard-driving 79-year-old patriarch drove Michael and the rest of his boys to success by starting the Jackson 5, but in recent years, has spent time peddling schemes to replenish his bank account. At a recent press conference, he plugged his record company before talking about the family's plans for Michael's funeral.
Debbie Rowe, 50, married Michael in 1996 after meeting him while working as a nurse in the offices of his dermatologist, Dr. Arnie Klein. She reportedly conceived Prince Michael I and Paris Michael Katherine via IVF, although new reports claim that she's not actually the biological mother of the children. In a 2008 interview with Britain's Daily Mail, Rowe said Jackson divorced her in 1999 after he discovered she couldn't conceive more children. Rowe reportedly signed away her parental rights to the children after she and Michael divorced in 1999, but in 2006, an appeals court reestablished her parental status, meaning she may be able to make a case for regaining custody of the children should she choose to.
The only sibling who never had to rely on Michael for money, Janet, 43, shared the spotlight with the "King of Pop" as a fellow music icon, having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide. There are reports that she may fill in for some of his scheduled concerts at London's O2 arena.
The second child in the Jackson family, Jackie, 58, served as the high tenor backup singer in the Jackson 5. He currently lives in California and runs a record company, Jesco.
Marlon, 52, was known as one of the best dancers in the Jackson 5. But his career in the entertainment industry didn't last, and he later became a real estate agent in California. Marlon is the only Jackson brother to avoid divorce -- he and his wife Carol Parker have been married for more than 30 years.