Who's Who in Michael Jackson's Bizarre World

LaToya Jackson, Michael Jackson's Sister

Considered the family traitor for declaring Michael guilty during his 1993 child molestation case, La Toya, 53, has little contact with her siblings today (though she was one of the first to appear at the UCLA Medical Center the day Michael died). After failing to hit it big as a solo artist, La Toya embarked on a modeling career in the 1980s that landed her multiple Playboy photo spreads. Her latest stint in the spotlight was supposed to be a cameo in Sacha Baron Cohen's "Bruno," but filmmakers cut her reportedly less-than-flattering scene out of respect for Michael's family following his death.

Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson, Michael Jackson's Brother

The youngest Jackson brother, Randy, 47, earned the nickname "Little Randy" when he joined the family band in 1976, after they changed their name from The Jackson 5 to The Jacksons. At age 16, he wrote The Jacksons' most successful single on Epic Records, "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)." He fell on financial troubles later in life -- in May 2008, the New York Post reported he's doing odd jobs like fixing cars to come up with cash. Asked about how the family is doing outside Michael's Bel Air home Tuesday, Randy told reporters, "We're making it."

Rebbie Jackson

Rebbie Jackson, Michael Jackson's Sister

After Michael and Janet, Maureen Reillette (nickname: Rebbie) is the most successful of the Jackson clan. The 59-year-old singer is also the oldest of the Jackson children and is most famous for her 1984 hit "Centipede."

Jermaine Jackson

Jermaine Jackson, Michael Jackson's Brother

Jermaine Jackson, 54, was the original lead singer of an early incarnation of The Jackson Five before Michael became a co-lead vocalist. He married Hazel Gordy, daughter of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, in 1973 and had a string of solo hits in the '70s and '80s. Jermaine divorced Gordy in 1987, married and divorced another woman, and went on to marry Alejandra Genevieve Oaziaza, the mother of two of Randy Jackson's children. They divorced in 2008. In recent years, Jermaine's made his name on TV, producing 1992's "The Jacksons: An American Dream," a miniseries about The Jackson 5 and starring in "Celebrity Big Brother UK" in 2007.

Tito Jackson

Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson's Brother

The only one of Michael's brothers still making music, Toriano Adaryll (nickname: Tito) works as a guitarist who fronting a blues and jazz band. In May 2008, the New York Post reported that his band plays at small venues and earns between $500 and $1,500 per gig. That's a far cry from his stadium days with the family band, when the Jacksons could draw a crowd of 50,000 at $30 a ticket.

Paris Michael Jackson

Prince Michael I Jackson, Paris Michael Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson's Son, Daughter

Michael's eldest children, 12-year-old Prince Michael I and 11-year-old Paris Michael Katherine, are the product of his marriage with Debbie Rowe. While they're currently in the custody of Michael's mom, figuring out who gets to keep them is proving to be tricky. 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.

Prince Michael Jackson

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