Monday, April 15, 2024

Catching Up: Michael Jackson’s Brother-in-Law, Nathaniel Brown, Died in January


This was kept pretty quiet. Nathaniel Brown, the husband of the eldest Jackson sibling, Rebbie, died during the first week of January. Nathaniel –brother in law of the late Michael Jackson — apparently had a short, brave fight with pancreatic cancer. Considering how public the Jacksons are about everything, there was barely a peep about Nathaniel’s passing.

The news appeared on three or four small websites, and Randy Jackson had a brief notice posted to, where he has some sort of deal. (That was the site he used to send out incorrect info about his mother’s “abduction” in July 2012.)

Nathaniel and Rebbie married when she was 18, some 44 years ago. The Browns were always considered the “normal” Jacksons. They had three children–Austin, Stacee, and Yoshi.

Austin Brown posted this on his website:

“I love you Dad.. Thank you for showing me unconditional love and the example of being a good person. You were the greatest man to walk this planet and it now pains me to have to let you go. I will watch over Mom, Stacy, and Yoshi like you asked while doing everything in my power to make you proud. I love you and thank you for being my Dad. Rest in peace.”

According to my sources, Katherine Jackson, Paris and Prince, as well as LaToya attended the funeral. Joseph Jackson skipped his son-in-law’s service because, according to my sources, Nathaniel hated him for allegedly abusing Rebbie when she was young. Brown vocally opposed the Jackson elders for their treatment of their children, says a source. He’d also been very critical of Michael Jackson’s drug use and lifestyle.

Condolences to Rebbie and her kids.

Paris Jackson, 14, did attend the funeral and sent out enigmatic Tweets the day Nathaniel died.




Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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