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La Toya: 'Michael Was Murdered'

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Jul 12, 2009 | 6:21am EDT

Michael Jackson's sister La Toya has sensationally backed calls for a detailed probe into the star's death -- insisting he was murdered for his fortune.

The King of Pop's sibling claims a number of people took advantage of the singer and killed him -- and she is determined to find out who was responsible for his death last month.

She tells British newspaper the News of the World, "I believe Michael was murdered, I felt that from the start. Not just one person was involved; rather, it was a conspiracy of people. He was surrounded by a bad circle... Less than a month ago, I said I thought Michael was going to die before the London shows because he was surrounded by people who didn't have his best interests at heart... I said to my family a month ago, 'He's never going to make it to London.' He was worth more dead than alive."

The 53-year-old's concerns grew after Jackson's doctor at the time of his death, Dr. Conrad Murray, disappeared, and another medic revealed the star had fresh needle marks on his body.

La Toya adds, "He had needle marks on his neck and on his arms and more about those will emerge in the next few weeks. I cannot discuss that any further as I may jeopardize the investigation. I can, however, say that I have not changed my mind about my feeling that Michael was murdered.

"I am going to get to the bottom of this. I am not going to stop until I find out who is responsible. Why did they keep the family away? It's not about money. I want justice for Michael. I won't rest until I find out what -- and who -- killed my brother."

A senior Los Angeles police chief has confirmed that cops are refusing to rule out the possibility Jackson was murdered. The head of L.A. police, William Bratton, told CNN, "Are we dealing with a homicide or are we dealing with accidental overdose? I don't have that information... We are still awaiting corroboration from the coroner's office as to cause of death."

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