Islam Would Have Saved Michael: Jermaine
Plus, mom and sister speculate about murder
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2010 10:12 AM CDT
Singer Jermaine Jackson performs at the Michael Jackson public memorial service held at Staples Center on Tuesday, July 7, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, pool)
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(Newser) – Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death, so of course, he’s all over the news:

  • In a BBC interview, brother Jermaine says that “if Michael would have embraced Islam he would still be here today,” the Telegraph reports. “Why? Because when you are 100% clear in your mind as to who you are and what you are and why you are and everybody around you, then things change in a way that’s better for you.”

  • In a Dateline special airing tomorrow, mom Katherine says Michael “told me several times that he felt that people wanted him gone, wanted him dead,” Us reports. “Some of the mean, vicious people didn't want him around for some reason. They're greedy.”
  • Sister La Toya goes further in a GMTV interview, the Mirror reports. “Michael was murdered for his catalog—that’s the bottom line,” she says. “They knew Michael was worth so much more dead than alive.”