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Pop icon Michael Jackson's daughter says her father was murdered

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By Pierre Bertrand
Pop icon Michael Jackson's daughter says her father was murdered

Paris Jackson, the only daughter of pop icon Michael Jackson, opened up for the first time about her childhood and father, telling Rolling Stone magazine she is convinced his 2009 death was no accident.

Jackson, 18, said she believes her father was murdered.

“He would drop hints about people being out to get him,” Jackson said. “And at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day.’”

In June 2009 Michael Jackson was found dead in his California home. Autopsy reports indicated the 50-year-old had ingested a cocktail of powerful sedatives. The coroner said the cause of death was due to an overdose of Propofol, a fast-acting sedative.

The coroner’s report also declared the death a homicide.

Among the other drugs found in Jackson’s system were Lorazepam, a sedative, Midazolam, Valium, Lidocaine, a local anaesthetic and Ephedrine, an appetite suppressant and stimulant.

It was initially thought the singer had committed suicide, but suspicions quickly revolved around his doctor, Conrad Murray. Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and was sentenced to four years in prison for administering the drugs.

But Paris Jackson thinks there is more to her father’s death than meets the eye.

“Because it’s obvious,” she said. “All arrows point to that. It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bullshit, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bullshit.”

It is not the first time a close member of the pop star’s entourage has suggested possible foul play in Jackson’s demise.

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Rock ‘n Roll icon Elvis Presley, and who was once married to Jackson, told Oprah Winfrey in a 2010 interview that he had admitted to her his fear of being murdered. The pop star said he suspected unnamed individuals sought his portion of his music catalogue, worth hundreds of millions.

At the age of 11, Jackson thrust herself into the limelight taking the stage to honour her father during his televised memorial service in July 2009.

Jackson revealed she is working to seek justice for her father, but is treading lightly. “It’s a chess game,” Jackson said. “And I am trying to play the chess game the right way. And that’s all I can say about that right now.”