Jacko Knew He'd Die Young: Lisa Marie
Told former wife years ago he feared he'd end up like Elvis
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2009 12:01 PM CDT
In this Thursday, Sept. 8, 1994 file picture, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson acknowledge applause from the audience at the 11th Annual MTV Video Music Awards.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
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(Newser) – The King of Pop was sure he would follow the King to an early grave, blogs Lisa Marie Presley. During his brief marriage to Elvis's daughter, Michael Jackson "stated with an almost calm certainty, 'I am afraid that I am going to end up like him.'" Jackson wasn't the only one to foresee an early end: Journalist Ian Halperin had also predicted the singer's demise.

From his position in Jackson's inner circle, Halperin knew enough to predict last December that the frail performer had only 6 months to live—his death came 6 months and 1 day later. Between a reported lung disease that left him unable to sing, possible anorexia, and debilitating anxiety about the upcoming London tour he had been pushed into doing, Jackson's health was deteriorating fast, writes Halperin in the Daily Mail. "It’s not working out," Jackson reportedly said on June 21. "I’m better off dead. I don’t have anywhere left to turn. I’m done."