Jacko Wanted a Clone
Plus, old friends Macca and Brooke weigh in
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2009 9:03 AM CDT
In this 1984 file photo, Brooke Shields and Michael Jackson are full of smiles as they arrive for the 11th Annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson “was hoping that Michael Jackson could live forever,” his chauffeur tells the Mirror. “Michael said he wanted a mini-version of himself cloned to carry on his legacy.” The singer became obsessed with the idea after learning about a religious sect that believes cloning is the key to eternal life. Elsewhere:

  • Paul McCartney has some words—albeit not too harsh—for Jackson’s allegedly abusive father, reports the Sun. “I don’t want to judge but I do think that contributed to some of the problems Michael might have had," he says.

  • Also from the Sun: Jackson’s chef saw the singer’s doctor carrying “waist-high, heavy-duty” oxygen tanks outside the house, he says, adding weight to the theory the doctor was giving Jackson Propofol, the dangerous anesthetic that is usually administered with oxygen.
  • Brooke Shields recalls her childhood friendship with Michael Jackson in an interview with Rolling Stone obtained by the AP. As Jackson grew up, “the more asexual he became to me,” she says. When it came to sex, “He was like a little kid who talked about the bases—what first base was, what second base was.”