Janet Jackson cancels Australia tour

Last Updated: Oct 25, 2011, 09:12 AM IST

London: R&B star Janet Jackson is cutting short her Australia tour to be with her family during the ongoing trial of her late brother Michael`s doctor.

The 45-year-old singer is postponing dates on the Aussie leg of her Number Ones tour so she can be with the Jackson clan as Conrad Murray is tried for involuntary manslaughter in Los Angeles, reported Contactmusic.

"When I planned these shows, the schedule in California was completely different. After talking with my family last night, I decided we must be together right now. This saddens
me in so many ways," she said.

Jackson is pulling out of three concerts in Melbourne this week and will make them up with one performance on November 3.

Murray stands accused of involuntary manslaughter amid accusations he administered the fatal dose of anaesthetic Propofol which resulted in the `Thriller` icon`s death in 2009. He has denied the charge.

PTI