This new information emerges in his brother Jermaine Jackson’s new memoir which explains how Michael was floored by news of a friend’s death just before taking the stage.
‘I knew, watching in LA, that something wasn’t quite right with him,’ writes Jermaine in his book You Are Not Alone: Michael Through A Brother’s Eyes, ‘and his demeanour and lateness that afternoon caused comment in the Press’.
He adds: “The truth is that earlier that same day, Michael had learned that his dearest friend and guitar player, David Williams, had died. He was shattered… my brother could not imagine doing a tour without him. Yet now he had to walk out onstage and announce his comeback, knowing David was gone’.
David Williams was, Jermaine says, an integral part of Michael’s band who he had always ensured toured with him to create the perfect sound.
It was Williams’ guitar lick on the hit-song ‘Billie Jean’ that was most memorable, he writes. Michael only learned of his death on the morning of the This Is It announcement.
But Jermaine said he put on a brave face ‘as the consummate professional’.
He writes: ‘He pulled himself together and put on his show face for five minutes: he walked out as the over-excited performer, said his piece, saluted the fans and left with a wave. However, he broke down in tears when he returned to his suite’.
According to those close to Jermaine, the family was also initially worried by Michael’s appearance that day in London ‘but it was clear that he was incoherent with grief having just learned about the news’, said the friend.
In other details that are emerging from Jermaine’s memoir, it is revealed that Michael was lifting up his shirt and showing off a six-pack eight weeks before his death after dancing ‘hard’ four hours a day in preparation for the concerts.
This revelation challenges widespread suggestions that Michael was frail and unhealthy, and not physically prepared for his much-hyped comeback.
But the true picture, according to Jermaine, was that he was doing ‘amazing work’ and was ‘kicking ass’.
‘There was no question that he was fit, healthy and focused. He was skinny, but only in an athletic sense.’
Jermaine, who will be attending Los Angeles Superior Court today with other members of his family to hear the first day’s evidence, has just returned from a book tour of the UK and America, promoting a memoir which, he says, ‘gives the fans eyes and ears into what really went down at This Is It rehearsals.’
During television and radio interviews in LA last week, Jermaine compared the anesthetic Propofol – the cause of Michael’s death – to a gun, saying: ‘This sedative is like a gun. In the right hands, it should be safe. In the wrong hands, it is lethal. With Dr Murray, it was in the wrong hands. He was there to take care of Michael, not take his life.’
Jermaine also explained that Michael suffered from chronic insomnia and needed to be ‘knocked out’ in order to sleep, which is why he had started using Propofol as a sleep-aid.
It was ‘unorthodox’ said Jermaine but Michael ‘was desperate to sleep and he trusted his doctor’.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2042506/Michael-Jackson-trial-Jermaine-claims-secret-grief-caused-strange-behaviour-This-Is-It-launch.html
Jermaine Jackson: ‘We are still looking for answers’
“Seeing Murray handcuffed” did little to bring Jermaine Jackson “closure” at the conclusion of the six week trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor. I met Jermaine at his home, the morning after verdict day. It was his first interview after the roller coaster trial which tested the Jackson family’s emotions and drew worldwide attention. Off camera he was quiet and subdued. We chatted in his living room, surrounded by family photos – including one of the Jacksons in France, with Michael, taken a month before the singer’s death. It was to be their last together. Jermaine told me the family was “still looking for answers” to help them understand the death of his brother. The family will pursue civil actions in the courts. “He was looking at the money instead of the human being,” he said of Murray, who was paid $150,000 a month to care for Jackson. “Michael wanted to sleep, he didn’t want to die.”
The family of Michael Jackson say they want to know more about the circumstances surrounding the pop star’s death.
The singer’s personal physician Dr Conrad Murray has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and faces a possible four years in jail.
But Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s brother, says there are still unanswered questions which the family will pursue in civil court actions.
Peter Bowes met Jermaine Jackson and asked for his reaction to the guilty verdict against Dr Murray.