Rebbie Jackson, sister of Michael Jackson, speaks about King of Pop's death
The eldest sister of pop-icon Michael Jackson is speaking out about her brother’s 2009 death just weeks before the King of Pop’s doctor goes on trial in connection with his death.
Rebbie Jackson, in an interview with ABC7, said she believes her brother Michael was murdered.
After a year of grieving and reflecting, Rebbie concluded that the only person who could be responsible for Michael’s death is Conrad Murray, the doctor who will be tried in Los Angeles on involuntary manslaughter charges.
“I feel he was murdered,” Rebbie said.
Murray is accused of giving Jackson a lethal dose of propofol, a powerful anesthetic, and other sedatives. He has pleaded not guilty.
Rebbie said she attended several of Murray’s court appearances but tries not to dwell on the past.
“I look forward to the positive side of seeing him again in the new order so that's what I'm focusing on,” Rebbie said.
Rebbie said she and her family were well aware that the King of Pop struggled with the pressures of the spotlight. She and her siblings also tried to reach out to Michael but were unsuccessful.
“Obviously there were times when Michael wasn’t happy with himself,” she said. “I know there was a problem with him that existed in relation to substance abuse.”
Rebbie said she’s still connected to her brother through music.
In the 1980s, Michael wrote and sang back-up on her hit song, Centipede.
Before his death, they recorded another song he wrote for her called “Fly Away.”
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