Jackson manager Frank DiLeo raced to UCLA Medical Center when he got the news, and he was with the family when they had to face the awful truth about Michael’s condition. Luckily, he’s been close to both of Jackson’s parents for years, and is considered one of the family. They’ll need his counsel now.

What the Jacksons won’t need is the conga line of family “friends” and experts who are lining up to do every TV show and interview program. The weekend looks like it will be jam-packed with these people, from Brian Oxman‘and Shmuley Boteach to Uri Geller and Diane Dimond. This morning on the “Today” show, child-actor-turned-reality-TV-star (and rehabbed druggie) Corey Feldman conceded to Meredith Vieira that he hadn’t even seen or spoken to Michael in seven years.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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