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Michael was 'murdered for money'

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  1. ngoshwe

    ngoshwe JF-Expert Member

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    Michael Jackson was 'murdered for money', says sister



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    Michael Jackson was murdered for money, according to his sister LaToya
    LaToya Jackson has claimed her brother Michael was murdered because he was "worth so much more dead than alive".
    Speaking during a TV interview, the singer demanded what she called "the truth" surrounding the star's death in June 2009.
    She said: "He was murdered for his catalogue and they knew that."
    Tomorrow (25 June) marks the one year anniversary of the Thriller singer's death with fans organising tributes around the globe.
    'No' accident
    Earlier this week music trade magazine Billboard reported that the royalties accumulated since the star's death had earned the Jackson estate $1 billion (£677 million).
    In an interview with GMTV she said: "Personally I think it is a slap in the face, not just to Michael but to the entire family. It's totally unfair, it's wrong and it was not an accident."
    Asked whether she believed the star was murdered, she added: "I never had a doubt.
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    LaToya Jackson claims her brother's death was "not an accident"
    "You must remember from the day that I found out that Michael was no longer with us, when my mother screamed 'he's dead' on the phone, I just went into this, 'Who did it?"'
    Michael Jackson's personal physician Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter and is currently awaiting trial.
    LaToya's not the only member of the Jackson family talking ahead of the first anniversary of Michael's death.
    His brother Jermaine's claiming converting to Islam might have saved his life.
    "I felt that if Michael would have embraced Islam he would still be here today," the former Jackson 5 member told the BBC World Service.
    Jermaine said life had been "tough" on his family since his brother's passing. "We'll never get over it," he said.
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    Jermaine Jackson says the past year's been tough on the whole family
    "There aren't no words to describe the feeling, we are just learning to live with it."
    Jermaine went on to question why Michael is getting so much positive attention now, when before his death many saw him as a bit of a joke.
    "The love that they are giving my brother now he is dead is the love they should have shown him when he was alive."
    Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Forest Lawn cemetery have confirmed fans will be allowed to leave flowers on an outdoor terrace near the singer's burial site to mark the anniversary but that balloons, candles and doves will not be permitted.
    Reverend Al Sharpton, who presided over Jackson's memorial service last year said: "I don't think the world has been able to mourn him properly because there's too many unanswered questions.
    Speaking in New York regarding the anniversary, he added: "I don't think we can heal until we look at the wounds. Who inflicted the wound and why.
    "I think we can celebrate his life, but we can't be settled with his death until we know, who, what, when and why. And we still don't know."
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    Michael Jackson alifariki kifo cha kawaida kama wanadamu wengine, waswahili hawakosi la kusema yeyote anapofariki, hata hapa bongo wanasema bibi wa miaka 150 alifariki kwa kulogwa. Kaazi kweli kweli.
     
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    Michael Jackson's dad sues doctor over singer's death


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    The father of Michael Jackson filed a wrongful death lawsuit on Friday against Dr. Conrad Murray, accusing the physician of giving the late pop star a powerful drug and being slow to call for medical help.

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    The lawsuit, which had been expected, was filed on the first anniversary of Jackson's death, just beating a one-year deadline for an action against the "Thriller" singer's doctor.

    Joseph Jackson, 80, alleges in the suit filed in federal court in Los Angeles that Murray was too slow to call emergency medical services for help, and he later made statements to authorities which turned out to be false, including that Murray was by Jackson's side monitoring his pulse.

    The lawsuit states that after paramedics arrived at the Los Angeles mansion where Jackson suffered cardiac arrest, Murray failed to inform them the singer had been given the powerful anaesthetic propofol, which he used as a sleep aid.

    The suit claims that Murray later changed his story about what happened, and said that he only discovered Jackson was not breathing less than 20 minutes before paramedics were called.
    "Defendant Murray's conduct of failing to call (emergency services), of leaving Michael Jackson's bedside, and conducting CPR on the bed instead of a hard surface was below the standard of medical care for physicians," the lawsuit states.

    Authorities have ruled Jackson's death a homicide and said propofol was the key drug in Jackson's system that led to his death at age 50 on June 25, 2009, in Los Angeles.
    Medical experts have said propofol should be administered in a hospital setting, and that it was highly unusual for Murray to give it to Jackson at his home.

    In a statement, Murray's lawyer said, "We continue to maintain Dr. Murray neither prescribed or administered anything that should have killed Michael Jackson...Dr. Murray has not been found guilty of anything and we believe his innocence will be proven in a court of law."

    JACKSON'S "POLYPHARMACY"

    But in his lawsuit, Joe Jackson contends Murray was "reckless" in administering a "polypharmacy" of different drugs to Jackson, "including propofol every night as a sleep aid."
    It claims the singer was addicted to prescription drugs, and that Murray had a history of prescribing such drugs to Jackson dating to at least 2008.

    California authorities have charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter in connection with Jackson's death and he faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
    With that case ongoing, a state judge earlier this month allowed Murray to keep his California medical licence.

    A civil lawsuit can run parallel to a criminal case, and its main purpose is to seek monetary damages.
    The lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of Joe Jackson by attorney Brian Oxman, does not specify an amount of monetary damages that the pop star's father is seeking.
    At the time of his death, Jackson was in the middle of rehearsals for a series of comeback concerts in London organized by AEG Live, a subsidiary of the Anschutz Company.

    Joseph Jackson's lawsuit does not name AEG as a defendant, but the company has admitted hiring Murray to care for Jackson as he prepared for the concerts.
    The lawsuit states that Joe Jackson "believes there are other parties responsible for Michael Jackson's death" and that he could amend his complaint to include those other parties.

    The suit also named Joe Jackson's wife, Katherine Jackson, as a nominal party, but Adam Streisand, attorney for Katherine Jackson, said the move was highly unusual and unwelcome.
    "The impression that Brian Oxman creates by doing this is that somehow Mrs. Jackson...(is) a part of this action against Conrad Murray, and nothing could be further from the truth," Streisand said.

    (Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
     
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    Connecting with Michael Jackson, one year after his death

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    There were no seances to raise him from the dead (at least as far as we know), but people around the world were connecting to Michael Jackson again, one year after his death. In Tokyo, fans slept with his memorabilia. In Vietnam, they held a night of performances. In New York, they danced at the Apollo Theater, and in Los Angeles they waited to pay their respects at the Forest Lawn cemetery where his body was laid to rest. Those pictured at right are at a parade in Liepzig, Germany. Read the full story here.
    There is no doubt Jackson was the King of Pop, but will he be remembered in the same way as Elvis or Marilyn Monroe? Will his songs be sung and his moonwalk be danced? Time will tell. But we were out on Hollywood Boulevard on Friday to talk to people about what they most remembered about Michael Jackson. Click below to see what they had to say.

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    Global tribute marks year since Michael Jackson's death

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    A flash mob dances to a song of the late pop star Michael Jackson outside Madame Tussauds on the first anniversary of his death in Hollywood, California June 25, 2010.
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    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson fans worldwide paid tribute to the late King of Pop on Friday, the first anniversary of his death, by remembering him in song and dance even as his father sued the doctor accused of sending the superstar to his grave.
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    In Tokyo, the "Thriller" singer's followers spent the night among his possessions at a Michael Jackson exhibition, at New York's famed Apollo theater they danced to his music, and along Hollywood's Walk of Fame, they laid flowers by his star.
    Jackson's sister Janet and brother Jermaine were among family members visiting a mausoleum at the Forest Lawn cemetery near Los Angeles, where the singer's body was laid to rest, and his mother, matriarch Katherine, appeared at the unveiling of a monument outside the family's first home in Gary, Indiana.
    "I'm sure my son would be very pleased and very honored," Katherine Jackson said This last year has been a very hard time for us," she said of her family.
    About 500 people gathered outside the home where Jackson and his brothers -- members of the Jackson 5 singing group -- got their start in the 1960s on their way to hits like "ABC." The stone monument featured a picture of him dancing with the words "Never Can Say Goodbye" chiseled beneath it.
    Fans laid cards and flowers along a fence outside the home and listened to speeches from politicians and celebrities, but Jackson's children -- Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket -- did not make an appearance despite being said to be in Gary with Katherine, who is their guardian.
    In New York, people mimicked the legendary singer's moonwalk dance moves outside Harlem's Apollo Theater, where Jackson's trademark black hat and sequined glove were placed beside a plaque bearing his name.
    "As a child. he had a dream. They made a star and then they ruined him at the end...I thought he was immortal," fan Caren Menardy told Reuters outside the Apollo.
    But memorials for the singer, whose hits include "Beat It" and "Billie Jean," were not confined to the United States.
    Fans in Hanoi, Vietnam, held a night of performances of Jackson's songs while 50 Japanese admirers -- one for each year of his life -- were picked from 10,000 people to spend a night at Tokyo Tower among the singer's possessions in the Neverland Collection, the only official Michael Jackson exhibition.
    "The idea may sound a bit odd to Western cultures, but in Japan the tradition of being with the remains and possessions of passed loved ones on the anniversary of their passing is an important ritual," said Hiroyuki Takamura of the Tokyo Tower.
    RENEWED POPULARITY, MORE CONTROVERSY
    Jackson died of cardiac arrest, age 50, on June 25 last year at his rented mansion in Los Angeles, as he was rehearsing for a series of London concerts aimed at reviving a career shattered by bizarre events as an adult and acquittal on charges of molesting a 13-year-old boy.
    One year later, Jackson has seen a resurgence in his popularity and the debts that his "This Is It" concerts were meant to help erase are well on their way to being paid off.
    Hollywood trade paper Billboard estimated revenues to Jackson's estate in the past year have hit $1 billion, including album sales generating about $383 million and ticket sales from the documentary film "This Is It," which had a global box office of more than $260 million.
    The Official Charts Company, which compiles record sales in Britain, said Jackson sold more records than any other artist in the last 12 months, and U.S.- based Soundscan has said his record sales topped 9 million units this past year.
    But in death, as in life, controversy has continued to follow the star. His doctor awaits trial on a criminal charge of involuntary manslaughter and is accused of causing his death by giving him the powerful anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.
    Joe Jackson, the singer's father, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Houston-based Dr. Conrad Murray on Friday, the final day of a one-year deadline to file such a claim.
    Jackson, 80, claims Murray should never have given his son the propofol and was too slow to call for medical help when Jackson stopped breathing. The suit, which had been expected, also states that Murray failed to inform paramedics that the singer had been given propofol, among other claims.
    The singer's sister LaToya has said Jackson was murdered for his catalog of music, and his mother Katherine has said Jackson told her he feared for his life as it neared its end.
    Executors of the singer's estate are taking issue with a documentary, "King of Pop," set to debut in Japan, saying the film's promotion misled Michael Jackson's fans by making it appear as if this was an authorized film.
    Still, none of that stopped his fans from remembering the man who, some say, inspired them through his music.
    "I still can't believe Michael Jackson is dead," said Juanita Woods, 48, of Gary, Indiana.
    (Additional reporting by Belinda Goldsmith in Australia, Mike Collett-White in London, Christine Kearney and Sharon Reich in New York, Emily Stephenson in Gary, Indiana and Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; editing by Paul Casciato)
     
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    Was he just bailed out of bankruptcy before his passing? What money...?
     
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