One week after Los Angeles police confirmed that investigators had not ruled out homicide in the death of Michael Jackson, the late singer’s older sister, La Toya Jackson, reveals that she suspects he was murdered, the U.K.’s Mail On Sunday reports.
“I believe Michael was murdered,” she said. “I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved, rather it was a conspiracy of people. He was surrounded by a bad circle. Michael was a very meek, quiet, loving person. People took advantage of that. People fought to be close to him, people who weren’t always on his side.”
She blamed this “shadowy entourage” for supplying him with prescription drugs.
“They got him hooked on drugs,” she said. “He was pure and clean and then drugs came back into his system. I think it shocked his system so much it killed him.”
Although results from toxicology tests will take a few more weeks to reveal a definitive cause of death, La Toya — who signed Michael’s death certificate on June 25 after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of 50 — is certain the investigation will reveal her worst fears.
“He had needle marks on his neck and on his arms and more about those will emerge in the next few weeks,” she said. “I cannot discuss that any further as I may jeopardise the investigation. I can, however, say that I have not changed my mind about my feeling that Michael was murdered.”
She added: “It will all come out. You will be shocked.”
La Toya, 53, also asserts that Michael — whom she said “was the loneliest man in the world” — was forced into doing 50 concerts in London and was kept away from his family as he went to rehearsals, costume fittings and vocal lessons at all hours.
“It’s impossible even for a healthy person to do that many shows,” she said. “Michael was fragile. He always wanted to believe the best of people. But he was meek. In the last few months, he became isolated. I believe the staff were given strict instructions that if any of the family called, not to tell him. And if any of the family came by, not to let them in.”