LaToya Jackson: Michael Was 'Murdered'

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Speaking out for the first time, the grieving sister of Michael Jackson says she thinks "a shadowy entourage" led to the death of her brother, accusing them of "murdering" him.
Speaking with Britain's Daily Mail, LaToya Jackson -- who signed the King of Pop's death certificate -- says that Michael was an isolated figure, making him easy prey for greedy associates. She accuses these people, whether it be doctors, handlers or assistants, of feeding Jackson drugs to control his moods in order to get what they want.
"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, people who weren?t always on his side," LaToya said.
LaToya then said that she predicted her brother's demise "Less than a month ago."
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"'He?s never going to make it to London. He was worth more dead than alive," LaToya said she told fellow Jackson family members,
"I said 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 more than a billion dollars. When anyone is worth that much money, there are always greedy people around them."
LaToya continues, saying that in the final months, her brother "was isolated from his family. He had no real friends. He was the loneliest man in the world. I knew something terrible was going to happen."
She also takes on the speculation as to what role Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, played in the King of Pop's final hours.
LaToya says Murray "disappeared" from the hospital after she began peppering him with questions about her brother's health. She says that Jackson was found in Murray's bedroom in the rental house, and that oxygen canisters and IV bags lined the walls.
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Jackson says that Murray "mumbled a bunch of nothing" as she grilled him with questions. "He said something like, 'Michael didn?t make it, I?m sorry.' It wasn?t right. It felt weird."
LaToya also goes on to retell just exactly how her life changed when she got the frantic phone call about her brother.
"I was at home when I received the news that Michael had been rushed to the hospital. I live about three minutes away from Michael in Beverly Hills," LaToya said.
"Finally, I heard Mother in the background asking, 'Who is that?' When she learned it was me, she screamed, 'Why don?t you just tell her?' and she grabbed the phone and just screamed as loud as she could, "He's dead!'"
Jackson says she "nearly crashed my car. My legs went weak. I couldn?t press down on the gas pedal. I got to the wrong entrance at the hospital and was begging the security guys to help me and take my car because I was so weak and faint. They took me up to the area where Michael had been taken. Mother was crying and Michael?s kids were crying."
LaToya says she and Jackson's three children then went to view his body.
"There was a towel over his face and I lifted it and the kids saw him and Paris said, 'Oh Daddy, I love you.' We hugged and kissed him and the children lifted up his hands. He didn't look like he was gone. His eyes were half open and he looked like he was sleeping. He wasn?t cold."
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