MICHAEL Jackson’s daughter, Paris, has been rushed to hospital after she tried to take her own life.
“We appreciate everyone’s thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family’s privacy,” she said in a statement.
Entertainment Tonight reports that her mother Debbie Rowe confirmed the suicide attempt, saying Paris has “a lot going on.”
Her grandmother Katherine Jackson issued a statement saying: “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.
“Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy,” said the statement, issued by her lawyer Perry Sanders.
TMZ reports that the teenager was taken out of her Calabasas, Los Angeles home on a stretcher at 2am on Wednesday (7pm AEST).
Michael Jackson’s 15-year-old daughter Paris was hospitalised early Wednesday morning.
Pictures: Twitter / @ParisJackson
The emergency call is said to mention a possible overdose but other sources are saying that there was cutting involved as well.
TMZ quoted some tweets from the teenager posted on Tuesday night including “I wonder why tears are salty?” and “yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they’re here to stay.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said: “At 1:27 this morning, sheriff’s deputies responded to (an address in Calabasas) for a medical situation.
Medical support was offered, and a patient was transferred to an area hospital,” he said, adding that he could not by law identify the person involved.
A source close to Paris told TMZ – which famously broke the news of Michael Jackson’s death in June 2009 – that she has “tried this in the past.
This was far more serious. It was not a cry for help,” said the source.
Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Michael Katherine (C) is comforted by family members at the Michael Jackson public memorial service held at Staples Center on July 7, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
Paris – Jackson’s middle child, along with older sibling Prince and younger brother “Blanket” – has made a start in the entertainment industry, starring in a film Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys, in development.
A 20-minute video of the teen applying makeup was posted to YouTube last week. Paris says on Twitter she doesn’t know how the video, in which she repeatedly asserts, “I am so weird,” ended up on the site.
“I hope you guys liked it tho and didn’t think i’m too crazy,” she wrote. “i get weird when i’m not around people lol.”
Katherine Jackson shares guardianship of her son’s three children – Paris and her brothers Prince, 16, and Blanket, 11 – with the singer’s nephew, TJ Jackson.
Katherine is currently in court in Los Angeles, suing the promoters of Jackson’s last doomed tour for negligently hiring doctor Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter over his death.
The 83-year-old has been in court for much of the last five weeks, but was not in court on Wednesday.
Over the last two weeks senior AEG executives have taken the stand.
Jackson’s lawyers have pressed them over accusations they should have known Murray was not an appropriate doctor for the singer, who was a drug addict and suffered from various ailments including chronic insomnia.
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