Paris Jackson, the 18-year-old daughter of late icon Michael Jackson, made a serious claim about her father's death in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
The King of Pop sadly passed away on June 25, 2009, from cardiac arrest after being found unconscious in his bed following a prescription drug overdose. Now, nearly eight years later, Paris is "absolutely" convinced Dr. Conrad Murray — who was convicted of involuntary manslaughter after the musician's death — actually murdered her famous dad after providing him with a drug he became dependent on.
Michael at an event three months before his death. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“[My dad] would drop hints about people being out to get him. And at some point he was like, ‘They’re gonna kill me one day,’” she told the publication. “It sounds like a total conspiracy theory and it sounds like bulls--t, but all real fans and everybody in the family knows it. It was a setup. It was bulls--t.”
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However, she's hoping justice will be served one day. “It’s a chess game,” Paris explained. “And I am trying to play the chess game the right way. And that’s all I can say about that right now.”
Michael died at the height of his major comeback tour, This Is It. Paris — who was just 11-years-old at the time — recalled her father being overworked and extremely tired before his passing.
Michael with Paris and son Prince in 2009. (Photo Credit: Splash)
“I’d tell him, ‘Let’s take a nap.’ Because he looked tired. We’d be in school, meaning downstairs in the living room, and we’d see dust falling from the ceiling and hear stomping sounds because he was rehearsing upstairs," she shared.
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As the eighth anniversary of Michael's death approaches, Paris revealed she's still not handling the tragic loss very well.
“They always say, ‘Time heals.' But it really doesn’t," she confessed. You just get used to it. I live life with the mentality of, ‘Ok, I lost the only thing that has ever been important to me.’ So going forward, anything bad that happens can’t be nearly as bad as what happened before. So I can handle it.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of Paris and her siblings before their father's passing.