Jermaine Jackson has dismissed ongoing reports suggesting his mother Katherine is missing, insisting she is "safe and well" at her daughter Rebbie's home in Arizona and staying away from phones and computers in a bid to "de-stress."
A missing persons report is said to have been filed in California on Saturday after members of the Jackson clan were unable to get in touch with the matriarch for a week, and Michael Jackson's daughter Paris took to Twitter.com in a bid to track down her grandmother.
She tweeted, "Yes, my grandmother is missing. I haven't spoken with her in a week... I want her home now. If anybody sees my grandmother, please call the authorities or this... security number. Thank you so much."
Her uncle Jermaine has now spoken out about the drama in a bid to reassure fans and his distraught niece that Katherine is recuperating at her daughter Rebbie's home.
In a post on his Twitter.com blog, he writes, "Let me put to bed today's nonsense: as I made clear some days ago, Mother is safe and well in Arizona with her daughter and our sister, Rebbie, resting up on doctor's advice, so it is beyond me how she can be reported 'missing'.
"This incredulous claim was made for reasons best known to the adult/s who filed it but it seems no accident that it comes after we, the sons and daughters, put in place care-taking for our own mother, taking her to Arizona in line with doctor's advice following a check-up.
"Furthermore, it dismays me that such an alarmist 'missing person' report has caused unnecessary anxiety among Michael's children who will understandably react to what they misunderstand, hear or are told. No-one is being 'blocked' from speaking with Mother. She is merely an 82-year-old woman following doctor's orders to rest-up and de-stress, away from phones and computers."
"Everyone has been well aware of this within the family, but I would like to reiterate my reassurance to the outside world that Mother is fine. In the meantime, thank you for all your thoughts and concerns."
Jermaine claimed on his Twitter.com page on Thursday his mother suffered a mini-stroke "some months ago." The health news came just after the Thriller hit-maker's siblings including Jermaine, Randy and Janet fired off a letter contesting the authenticity of their superstar brother's will.