Sources close to Michael Jackson’s family have reportedly revealed that the singer’s death coupled with posthumous allegations of child abuse leveled against him has taken a toll on his family over the years.
In an interview with Radar Online, a close friend of the singer’s family said that the late ‘King of Pop’ would be “heartbroken and devastated” to see what has become of his family.
“The toll that Michael Jackson’s death has taken on his family members is undeniable. He would be absolutely heartbroken and devastated to see what has become of them,” the insider told the news outlet.
“His children, as well as his entire family, were the most important things in his life. They were, in fact, his only real human connection. In a world that Michael didn’t trust, and often times feared, his family was his lifeline. They kept him going.”
Although recent investigations have begun to suggest otherwise, Jackson died on June 25, 2009, of an overdose of propofol, a hospital-grade anesthetic his personal physician had claimed he got unhealthily addicted to in order to be able to sleep.
Joe Jackson, his father, suffered three heart attacks and a stroke and eventually died in 2018 from pancreatic cancer.
Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson mother, was also reported to have said she “lost everything” after the pop singer’s death. She was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed against AEG Life for hiring Conrad Murray as Jackson’s personal doctor.
Ever since the death of Michael, Paris Jackson, his daughter, has reported mental health “and drug problems”. She was alleged to have attempted suicide amid the resurgence of her late father’s sexual abuse allegations.
Jackson’s 10th death anniversary has been fraught with mixed feelings — especially as scores have ditched paying tributes on the heels of claims made in ‘Leaving Neverland’, a documentary detailing allegations of child sexual abuse against the late singer.
In an attempt to protect the late singer’s legacy, Michael Jackson’s Estate had filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO and consistently denounced the claims made in its 2019 documentary as slanderous.
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