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Jackson 'feared he'd be killed'

Michael Jackson spent the last months of his life convinced he would be killed by people wanting access to his valuable music catalogue, his sister LaToya has claimed.

LaToya makes the claims in her new book Starting Over, which also chronicles her own troubles, including an abusive marriage to her late ex-manager/husband Jack Gordon.

The star said that she and her brother went through similar experiences of being controlled and manipulated by shadowy figures that cut them off from their family.

"The difference is, I was eventually able to get away and start over; Michael can't start over," she said.

Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of the King of Pop's death at the age of 50. Dr. Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter and is accused of giving him an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives.

However, Jackson's sister called Murray "the fall guy" and said there were other people who needed to be investigated. Michael was the co-owner of the lucrative Sony/ATV catalogue, the copyright holder of the Beatles' and other artists' songs, and his older sister contends he was murdered for control of it.

"This is definitely something that was premeditated, that they had planned to do, and they planned to take my brother out, and my brother knew it, and that's why my brother told me repeatedly, repeatedly and repeatedly, that this was going to happen to him," she said. "He explained to me, 'It's because of my catalogue.'"

Jackson's three children - Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket - are being cared for by Jackson's mother, Katherine.

"They are adjusting very well," LaToya said.

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