Paris Jackson ‘Safe and Doing Fine,’ Family Says
CALABASAS, Calif. (KTLA) — Paris Jackson, daughter of the late Michael Jackson, was recovering at an undisclosed location on Thursday following an alleged suicide attempt.
Other reports said that Jackson’s wrists may have been cut.
Authorities would only confirm that they responded to a “medical situation” on the street where the Jackson family lives.
“As a result, medical treatment was provided to a patient, who was transported to a hospital,” a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The sheriff’s department declined to provide additional details, citing privacy laws.
An attorney for the Jackson family issued a statement on Wednesday on behalf of Paris’ grandmother, Katherine Jackson.
“Being a sensitive 15 year old is difficult no matter who you are. It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you,” the statement said, referring to the death of Michael Jackson in 2009.
“Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy.”
On Tuesday night, Jackson had posted several cryptic messages on her Twitter account, including, “I wonder why tears are salty?”
She also quoted a line from the Beatles’ hit song “Yesterday.”
“Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they’re here to stay,” she wrote.
TMZ reported that the teen had called a suicide hotline, and the person on the other end was alarmed enough to call 911.
Sources close to the situation told the website that Jackson left a suicide note and then cut her arm with a meat cleaver.
In addition to cutting her right forearm, she had taken a large number of Motrin pills, the sources said.
She was transported to an area hospital and was placed under a 72-hour psychiatric hold, TMZ reported.
Jackson’s biological mother, Debbie Rowe, also released a statement on Wednesday.
Paris had been spending more time with Rowe, who recently came to watch her in a school play, according to People Magazine.
“We appreciate everyone’s thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family’s privacy,” she said.
Marion, Tito, Jackie and Jermaine Jackson — Michael’s brothers and Paris’ uncles — echoed that message.
“Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for Paris,” they said in a statement.
“She is safe and doing fine. We truly appreciate you respecting our family’s privacy at this time.”
The alleged suicide attempt came as the Jackson family faces off with concert promoter AEG in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Katherine Jackson and Michael’s three children allege that AEG negligently hired and supervised Dr. Conrad Murray, who administered a fatal dose of the anesthetic propofol to the pop icon.
AEG contends that Michael hired the doctor and that any payments the company was supposed to give Murray were advances that the singer had to repay.