La Toya: 'Michael Was Murdered'

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2009 6:53 AM CDT
Michael Jackson announces a 50-concert tour that his sister believes was the beginning of his end.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Michael Jackson was "murdered" by a shadowy entourage of handlers who were after his money, says his angry sister La Toya. "I believe Michael was murdered. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people," she tells the Daily Mail. "Michael was worth more than a billion dollars. When anyone is worth that much money, there are always greedy people around them." She says he died in his personal physician's bedroom, surrounded by oxygen tanks and an intravenous drip stand.

She believes her superstar brother was deliberately fed a cocktail of addictive drugs to manipulate his moods, and that he was railroaded into signing a ridiculously grueling contract to perform a superhuman 50 concerts. "He was surrounded by a bad circle. Michael was a very meek, loving person. People took advantage of that. By the end, Michael was isolated from his family. He was the loneliest man in the world. I knew something terrible was going to happen." Police have not yet ruled out homicide in Jackson's death.