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Jackson feared being killed before comeback concerts

Pop star Michael Jackson was reportedly worried with his mounting debts and was terrified of his comeback concerts. He once stated, If I don't tour they'll kill me." Transcript of emergency call from Jackson’s home

music Updated: Jun 27, 2009 22:16 IST

Pop star Michael Jackson was reportedly worried with his mounting debts and was terrified of his comeback concerts. He once stated, "if I don't tour they'll kill me."

The 'King of Pop' was scared of performing at his 50-date concert series, titled 'This Is It' amid perennial health concerns, The Sun online reported.

The report claimed that singer's mental health crumbled in the days before he died. His drug dependency was out of control, as the singer once dubbed 'The Greatest Showman on Earth' started experiencing stage fright.

Although promoters of the shows at the O2, in Greenwich, South-East London, said Jackson had passed a rigorous four-and-half-hour medical test before signing the deal in March, the singer was dogged with bad health reports including skin cancer.

"There were serious concerns for his mental health near the end, so much so that he was seeing a psychiatrist. He said he was being pushed into a corner and had an irrational fear that he would die or be killed if he didn't perform in London. He kept saying that he had to do the concerts because he owed too much money," a source close to the star told the newspaper.

"His body was starting to shut down as he became more and more dependent on drugs. His friends say he signed his death warrant when he put pen to paper for the O2 shows. He wasn't up to it physically or mentally," the source added.