MJ warned tour would 'kill him', says son
AN EXHAUSTED Michael Jackson warned that tour promoters AEG Live were going to "kill" him as he rehearsed for a marathon concert tour shortly before his death, testified his son, Prince, on Wednesday.
"He just wished he had more time for rehearsals," Prince said at the wrongful- death trial, in which the Jackson family accuses AEG Live of negligently hiring physician Conrad Murray to care for the star for his doomed "This Is It" shows.
The 16-year-old also recounted a harrowing scene on the day Jackson died in 2009, recalling how sister Paris was "screaming" as Murray tried to revive their father.
Murray was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 2011 for giving Jackson an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol, to help him cope with chronic insomnia as he rehearsed for the series of 50 planned London shows.
Testimonies at the manslaughter trial and the current civil case have heard details of how the self-styled King of Pop's state of health deteriorated rapidly in the months before his death.
On Wednesday - a day after the fourth anniversary of Jackson's death - Prince said the singer was upset while on the phone "a lot of time", most of the time with AEG Live chief Randy Phillips.
Prince said: "(Jackson) would cry sometimes. He said, 'They're gonna kill me, they're gonna kill me.' "
When asked who Jackson was referring to, he said: "People in AEG, Randy Phillips."