The ‘Thriller’ singer was adored around-the-world and became one of the most significant figures of the 20th century, but more recent claims have shrouded his legacy. In 2009, while preparing for his comeback “This Is It” tour, the 50-year-old was found dead from an overdose of the drugs propofol and benzodiazepine administered by his personal physician – Dr Conrad Murray. In August that same year, the Los Angeles County Coroner ruled that Jackson’s death was a homicide and charged Murray with involuntary manslaughter on February 8, 2010 – which he would later serve two years for.
Michael Jackson passed away in 2009
Jackson became a figure of controversy after he was accused of sexually abusing the child of a family friend, and, in 2005, he was tried and acquitted of further child sexual abuse allegations and several other charges.
Since his death, there have been additional claims of sexual abuse from choreographer Wade Robson and James Safechuck, whose allegations would form the basis of the documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ in March 2019, which drew ardent criticism from fans and the Jackson Estate alike – who filed a lawsuit for £100million.
But now, a new book by investigative journalist Dylan Howard has revealed what he claims to be a “never seen before diary” which “give an intimate insight into the mind of the drug-addled superstar as he prepared to make one final attempt to relaunch his career and pay off his mounting debts”.
Original pages of the document are reproduced in ‘Bad: An Unprecedented Investigation into the Michael Jackson Cover-Up,’ a new account of the singer’s life.
Dr Conrad Murray was charged with manslaughter
Jackson’s legacy has been overshadowed by controversial claims
According to the diary, Jackson was hoping to earn $ 20million (£16million) a week and believed he had the potential to become the “first multi-billionaire entertainer-actor-director”.
He apparently listed opportunities he hoped to cash in on, including Cirque Du Soleil concerts, and a deal with athletics brand Nike and Hollywood films.
According to the notes, he planned to hire “a merchandising guy” and remake movie classics such as ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ and ‘The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad’.
The 12 pages of the journal detail his apparent blueprint to rebuild his career in the hope of becoming “immortalised” like his idols Charlie Chaplin, Michelangelo, and Walt Disney.
He apparently wrote: “If I don’t concentrate on film, no immortalisation.”
The diary extracts also show Jackson’s apparent reliance on ‘Conrad’
The journal could also show how the singer was desperately trying to take back control of his assets and cut loose the managers and advisers he felt were taking advantage of him.
An extract reads: “I want to sign all cheques over $ 5000 (£4,001) now,” followed by: “Hire an accountant I trust now and lawyer. I want to meet him.”
Mr Howard believes the singer was particularly suspicious of his manager at the time, Tohme R. Tohme, and did not want him ‘on planes or in my house’.
He also reports that his physician, Dr Murray, is mentioned.
In the journal, Jackson is said to have written: “Conrad must practice now, I can’t be tired.”
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Darker ramblings may also show that the star had become paranoid and was losing his grip on reality.
He is thought to have scribbled: “I’m afraid someone is trying to kill me,” and that there were “evil people everywhere.”
The notes add: “They want to destroy me and take my publishing company.
“The system wants to kill me for my catalogue… I’m not selling it.”
Mr Howard concludes that the diary helps put the circumstances of the singer’s death into context.
The explosive new book is available online
He believes it also puts to bed rumours of a conspiracy.
Speaking on the notes, he said: “While the facts of Michael’s demise don’t add up to suicide, they certainly reveal an overburdened man who slowly killed himself through drug use.
“And those who surrounded him took advantage of his helplessness.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the Michael Jackson Estate and the singer’s former publicist, Raymone Bain, for comment.
‘Bad: An Unprecedented Investigation into the Michael Jackson Cover-Up,’ is available online and nationwide from July 7.