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Jackson was murdered for his one billion pound fortune: Sister

world Updated: Jul 12, 2009 12:41 IST
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In a new twist to the controversy surrounding Michael Jackson's death, his sister La Toya has claimed that the 'King of Pop' was murdered for his 1 billion pound fortune as "he was worth more dead than alive".

Her claim comes just two days after the chief of Los Angeles police admitted they were investigating Jackson's death as possible homicide.

La Toya said she and the family are convinced her brother's apparent drugs overdose was "foul play" by a shadowy group out to get their hands on his 1 billion pounds fortune, the News of the World reported.

"Michael was murdered. And we don't think just one person was involved. Rather, it was a conspiracy of people. I feel it was all about money. Michael was worth well over a billion pounds in music publishing assets and somebody killed him for that. He was worth more dead than alive," the newspaper quoted La Toya as saying.

The 53-year-old claimed that the pop icon, who died at the age of 50 on June 25, was fed a series of addictive drugs to keep him submissive and controlled.

"Michael had many needle marks on his neck and on his arms, and more about those will emerge in the next few weeks. But nothing has changed my mind that this was murder and I won't give up until I find out what killed my brother," she said.

La Toya believes that Jackson was kept away from his family by manipulative people who blocked their visits, pushed him to work hard even though he didn't want to do the 50 shows in London.

"He didn't want to do 50 shows, he only wanted to do 10. But he was pushed. And Michael being Michael didn't want to let down his fans.

"But even his daughter Paris said 'They worked Daddy too hard'. Somebody that fragile can't keep going on like that," La Toya said.

She claimed that Jackson wanted to give up music. "He really wanted to be a movie director. He was doing everything to make that happen. He had an idea to do a horror film called Thriller. He designed the poster for it already," the former Playboy model revealed.

La Toya claimed those plotting against her brother deliberately cut him off to become "the loneliest man in the world."

"Michael always had cash in his homes, usually around 2 million dollars (1.2 million pounds) which he used to pay out on things. People said, he wasn't wealthy, but Michael always had money with him.

"When I went to the house later that day there was no cash or jewellery. So many people had been through that house before I got there. Someone went in there and did a good job. It was very strange," La Toya said.

She claims that Jackson was being inappropriately treated by people who got him hooked on drugs.