La Toya Jackson, the grieving sister of the late Michael Jackson, blames a seedy cast of manipulative hangers-on for effectively murdering her star.
In an interview with the Daily Mail (UK), La Toya, who signed her brother's death certificate, portrayed Michael Jackson as a lonely, isolated figure.
A figure at the mercy of a shady, money-motivated clique.
She accuses people with access to Michael Jackson of cutting the star off from his family and friends and forcing him, largely against his will, to sign up for the gruelling commitment of 50 concerts at London’s O2 arena.
Those shows were set to begin shortly after he died June 25.
La Toya Jackson believes her brother was fed addictive drugs by handlers who wanted to control his moods. She says they regarded him as a "cash cow" and exploited him at every turn. It was this, she believes, that led directly to his death.
While the cause of Jackson's death is unknown and the formal state autopsy results not due back for weeks, La Toya had a private autopsy conducted.
She received the results on Friday and while she won’t comment on the details until the police and coroner's office conclude their investigations, she did reveal that four fresh needle marks were found on Michael Jackson’s neck.
La Toya, 53, said: "I believe Michael was murdered, I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people."
"He was surrounded by a bad circle. Michael was a very meek, quiet, loving person. People took advantage of that. People fought to be close to him."
"A month ago, I thought Michael was going to die before the London shows because he was surrounded by people who didn’t have his best interests at heart."
"Michael was worth a billion dollars. When anyone is worth that much money, there are always greedy people around them. I said to my family a month ago."
"He’s never going to make it to London."
La Toya said Michael himself never believed he would live to be an old man and feared he would die in his fifties, and that he was isolated from his family.
She says she is speaking out now to "put the truth out there."
The LAPD has not ruled out classifying Jackson's death a homicide if it is revealed that his doctors provided and administered substances that killed him.
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