Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris, is convinced that her father’s death was no accident and she’s concerned that performers like Justin Bieber could suffer the same fate.
Jackson gave a rare interview with Rolling Stone, opening up about losing her father at such a young age, sharing his legacy with the world and her own mental health struggles, including multiple suicide attempts.
Paris Jackson appears on our latest cover. Head to RollingStone.com to read the story in full. The 18-year-old candidly discusses Michael Jackson as a father and his private pain in her first in-depth interview. She also opens up about her battles with drug addiction, what childhood was like on Neverland Ranch and her bright future. Photograph by David LaChapelle
The 18-year-old Jackson believes her father was murdered. “It’s obvious. All arrows point to that,” she says. “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.”
Jackson said her father himself was suspicious of people in his circle. “He would drop hints about people being out to get him,” she says. “And at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day.'”
Jackson claims that plenty of people had reason to want him dead, but she’s not ready to make accusations quite yet. She does, however, blame his personal doctor, Conrad Murray, for her father’s addiction to propofol. Michael Jackson died of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication in 2009. Conrad was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 and served a two-year sentence.
Now, Jackson is concerned for Justin Bieber, arguably the current successor to her father’s throne, whose recent performances remind her of the end of her father’s life.
“He was tired, going through the motions,” Jackson says about a stop on Bieber’s Purpose tour. “I looked at my ticket, saw AEG Live, and I thought back to how my dad was exhausted all the time but couldn’t sleep.”
Michael Jackson was working with concert promoters AEG Live at the time of his death to prepare for “This Is It” a 50-night residency in London, and his daughter alleges that his grueling rehearsals were a factor in his untimely passing. “AEG Live does not treat their performers right,” she says. “They drain them dry and work them to death.”
The Jackson family lost a wrongful death suit against the company in 2013.
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