The Los Angeles mansion that housed Michael Jackson at the time of his death has found a buyer after several years on the market. Jackson was renting the 1.2 acre property for $100,000 a month while preparing for his This Is It tour in 2009, and died within the mansion less than a month before it was set to begin. Nestled in the expensive Holmby Holmes neighborhood of west Los Angeles, the seven-bedroom home was listed as high as $38 million in 2008. Owners Roxanne and Hubert Guez, who is the head of clothing company Ed Hardy, sold the mansion for a reported $18.1 million to Cerberus Capital Management senior managing director Steve Mayer.
Built in 2002 the 17,171 square-foot home also features a theater, wine cellar and tasting room, a gym complete with spa, and a swimming pool. The French chateau was designed by Richard Landry and built by Mohamed Hadid.
Coinciding with the sale of the mansion, Jermaine Jackson has filed a petition with the Los Angeles County Superior Court to change his last name. According to TMZ, Jermaine is looking to change his last name from Jackson to Jacksun, citing artistic reasons. Should his request be granted, Jermaine would be required to publically announce the name change in the coming months.
Jermaine, the fourth child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson, provided lead vocals for the Jackson 5 alongside Michael. He went on to release several solo albums, the last of which was You Said, released in 1991.
In the years since Michael’s death, Jermaine has seemingly stayed clear of the drama revolving around his brother’s estate. Katherine Jackson has reportedly banned her children Randy, Rebbie and Janet from her home, where she cares for her grandchildren. The banned Jackson children claim that Michael’s 2002 will is fraudulent, and want the estate’s executors to resign.