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Jackson daughter taken to hospital

Paris Jackson, the 15-year-old daughter of the late pop legend Michael, is physically fine after being taken to a hospital, a lawyer for the teenager's mother said.

Perry Sanders Jr wrote in a statement that Paris Jackson is getting appropriate medical attention and the family is seeking privacy.

Fire and sheriff's officials confirmed they transported someone from a home in Paris' suburban Calabasas neighbourhood for a possible overdose but did not release more details.

The lawyer declined further comment on Paris' condition or the circumstances that led to her being taken to hospital.

The teenager has expressed interest in acting and frequently posts messages on Twitter. Her latest post was from the Beatles' song Yesterday: "yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they're here to stay." Another post asked: "I wonder why tears are salty?"

"We appreciate everyone's thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family's privacy," said a statement from Eric George, a lawyer for Debbie Rowe, Paris' biological mother.

Paris' uncles Tito, Marlon and Jackie said in their statement: "Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for Paris - she is safe and doing fine. We truly appreciate you respecting our family's privacy at this time."

Michael Jackson kept his children out of the spotlight during his lifetime. After his death from an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol in June 2009, the children took on a more public life, beginning with their father's memorial service, which included Paris' tearful goodbye to her father. In recent months, she has reconnected with Ms Rowe, with whom she has had little contact for most of her life.

Meanwhile, the man who defended Michael Jackson in his 2005 child abuse trial has said "repeated media attention" could have complicated Paris's life.

Lawyer Tom Mesereau told Daybreak: "Michael was a very, very devoted father and very protective of his children. All of a sudden he was gone and what replaced him was a tremendously public profile of these children... they were followed, they were examined, they were dissected, they were criticised. And obviously this has caught up to her, and it's really a tragedy. She's a beautiful, brilliant, popular, kind-hearted, lovely young girl who clearly has some troubles that have to be addressed."

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