London: Michael Jackson`s mother Katherine said that the pop legend was murdered insisting her son was convinced "people wanted him dead".
In a rare TV interview with NBC`s `Dateline` set to
air in the US on the first anniversary of Jackson`s death
today, the family matriarch revealed the Thriller hitmaker
always feared he would meet a tragic end, Contactmusic
And the 80-year-old is adamant greed played a part in
the superstar`s demise.
"I know Michael didn`t die of natural causes. Someone
did this to him. Mean, evil, vicious people didn`t want him
around for some reason. It just shows how vicious people are
and greedy for money," Katherine said.
"He told me several times that he felt that people
wanted him gone, wanted him dead. He would always say that.
And for him to say that he must have known something," she
The claims follows La Toya`s recent insistence that
Jackson was killed for money, saying, "Michael was murdered
for his (music) catalogue - that`s the bottom line."
Jackson`s personal physician Dr Conrad Murray stands
accused of administering the powerful anaesthetic Propofol
which led to the singer`s death on June 25 last year. He has
pleaded not guilty to a charge of involuntary manslaughter.