Brandon David Jackson: How Did Michael Jackson’s Brother Die?

Brandon David Jackson

Brandon David Jackson was the brother of American singer, songwriter, dancer, and philanthropist Michael Jackson. Brandon’s famous brother Michael is widely known for his contributions to music, dance, and fashion. He is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. He received several awards and honors such as 15 Grammy Awards, six Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and 39 Guinness World Records.

Brandon David Jackson: Bio Summary

NameBrandon David Jackson
Famous as brother of Michael Jackson
Date of birth March 12, 1957
Place of birth Gary, Indiana, US
Died 12 March 1957
Nationality American
Ethnicity African-American
Parents Joe Jackson and Katherine Jackson
Siblings Janet, Rebbie, La Toya, Michael, Tito, Jermaine, Jackie, Marlon, Randy, and Joh Vonnie

Who Was Michael Jackson’s Brother, Brandon David Jackson?

Brandon David Jackson was welcomed into the world on March 12, 1957, in Gary, Indiana, United States. His parents are Katherine Jackson and Joseph Walter “Joe” Jackson (July 26, 1928 – June 27, 2018). His mother Katherine who played clarinet and piano, had aspired to be a country-and-western performer, and worked part-time at Sears.

Katherine was a Jehovah’s Witness. She would become an author and the matriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers. Brandon’s father, Joe was a former boxer, a crane operator at US Steel, and played guitar with a local rhythm and blues band, the Falcons. He was later a talent manager and patriarch of the Jackson family of entertainers.

Brandon’s parents gave birth to 10 children including him and his twin brother Marlon David Jackson (b. March 12, 1957). Brandon has eight other siblings: Maureen Reillette “Rebbie” Jackson, Sigmund Esco “Jackie” Jackson, Toriano Adaryll “Tito” Jackson, Jermaine La Jaune Jackson, La Toya Yvonne Jackson, Michael Joseph Jackson, Steven Randall “Randy” Jackson and Janet Damita Jo Jackson.

Brandon David Jackson’s maternal grandparents were Martha (née Upshaw; December 14, 1907 – April 30, 1990) and Prince Albert Screws (October 16, 1907 – January 21, 1997). His paternal grandparents were Crystal Lee (née King; May 1907 – November 4, 1992) and Samuel Joseph Jackson (April 4, 1893 – October 31, 1993).

All the siblings of Brandon are involved in the entertainment industry as musicians and entertainers. The family is known as The Jackson family. Brandon did not grow up with his siblings because his life was cut short. Unfortunately, he died a few hours after he and his twin Marlon were born. Brandon may have become an entertainer just like his siblings.

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Brandon would have been a member of his family band The Jackson 5, later the Jacksons, whose members are his brothers. The Jackson 5 originally consisted of Brandon’s brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Michael Jackson. In 1975, Randy Jackson replaced Jermaine Jackson. The group was managed by their father Joe Jackson.

How Did Michael Jackson’s Brother Die?

Michael Jackson’s brother, Brandon David Jackson died on 12 March 1957, in Gary, Lake County, Indiana, USA. As mentioned earlier, he died a few hours after his birth. He is said to have died 8-24 hours after his birth as he and his twin Marlon David Jackson were several weeks premature. Brandon had respiratory failure.

Brandon David Jackson’s death affected his twin Marlon David Jackson. Marlon would consider his younger brother Michael Joseph Jackson as a substitute for his lost twin, Brandon. Growing up, Marlon was very close to Michael. After Michael died, Marlon said:

“Maybe now, Michael, they will leave you alone” and “I would like for you to give our brother, my twin brother, Brandon, a hug for me.” Marlon said, “I love you, Michael, and I’ll miss you.” Michael Jackson who is known as the “King of Pop”, passed away on June 25, 2009, at age 50, in Los Angeles, California, USA. He died from cardiac arrest, caused by a propofol and benzodiazepine overdose.


News of Michael Jackson’s death spread quickly online. His death triggered reactions from people around the world. Per reports, Michael’s personal physician Conrad Murray had given Michael various medications to help him sleep before he died. Conrad gave Michael propofol, lorazepam, and midazolam and Michael’s death was caused by a propofol overdose.

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In 2011, Conrad Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death for having inadvertently overdosed him with a powerful surgical anesthetic, propofol, which was being improperly used as a bedtime sleep agent. He served roughly two years out of his original four-year prison sentence.

The Jackson family released a statement following the death of Michael Jackson: “Our beloved son, brother, uncle and father of three children has gone so unexpectedly, in such a tragic way and much too soon. It leaves us, his family, speechless and devastated to a point, where communication with the outside world seems almost impossible at times.”

Ruth Kai Botchway

Ruth Kai Botchway is a Senior Editor at She is a graduate of All Stars Media College (2021) with a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies. With more than two years experience in Journalism, she has served as an intern at Accra FM and worked with Green TV and Ashiaman TV. She worked as a Maritime Journalist/ influencer, producing Port and Maritime agenda initially aired on Ashiaman TV. You can reach her via email:

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