- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2009

With what seemed like 24/7 coverage of the death of Michael Jackson — coverage that still hasn’t completely let up, even three weeks after the tragic event — news networks needed more than a few talking heads to fill the time. Plenty of people stepped up to the plate for their 15 minutes (and counting) of fame — though just one actually found her voice for the first time.

1. Miko Brando — Mr. Brando, son of screen legend Marlon, was alternately described as Mr. Jackson’s “longtime friend” and “longtime bodyguard.” Whether he was more employee or confidant, Mr. Jackson isn’t around to clarify. Whichever it was, Mr. Jackson, who was better known in recent years for his tabloid troubles, certainly would be happy to hear Mr. Brando’s fawning declaration about the late entertainer: “He was perfect,” he told the Edmonton Sun.

2. Gotham Chopra — Another son-of — his father is physician and spiritual guru Deepak, whose comments on drug dependency paint a darker picture of Mr. Jackson than his son does — Mr. Chopra was, until now, best known (we say that loosely) as an entrepreneur who started the short-lived Virgin Comics. Now he’s dishing details about Mr. Jackson’s children on the news and posting on his blog about writing lyrics for the King of Pop and handing out sex advice when the entertainer married Lisa Marie Presley.

3. Arnold Klein — When Mr. Jackson was alive, the dermatologist-to-the-stars was remembered vaguely as the boss of Debbie Rowe, the nurse who married the musician and bore him two children. Now he’s making headlines by giving enigmatic answers to questions about rumors he’s the biological father of those children — not “as far as I know,” he says — and discussing how, in preparation for Mr. Jackson’s upcoming tour, he “was rebuilding his face so he looked much more normal.”

4. Paris Jackson — The King of Pop’s only daughter, the 11-year-old who once was photographed only wearing a surgical mask, had her picture splashed on video screens and front pages the world over after she spontaneously declared her love for her father at his very public memorial service.

5. Brooke Shields — OK, you might have heard of her before. The actress hasn’t appeared in a mainstream movie in a decade, though, and her last big television role was in the unceremoniously canceled “Lipstick Jungle.” Now she’s all over the place, paying tribute to her old friend at his memorial service and penning a remembrance in Rolling Stone in which she reveals he wanted to marry her and adopt a child with her.

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